Former ‘Empire’ Star Taye Diggs Says Jussie Smollett Should Return For Season 6

Taye Diggs is standing behind his former “Empire” co-star Jussie Smollett.

During an interview with Danny Royce on “Black Hollywood Live”‘s “Inside The Black Actor’s Studio” podcast, the 48-year-old actor says he wants Jussie Smollett to return to “Empire” for season 6.

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Diggs, who had a recurring role in the series from 2016 to 2017, tells Royce: “He is a good friend of mine. I love him. He’s only done right by me.

“People go through things. It doesn’t change who he was and who he is to me.”

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Diggs believes the decision to write Smollett out of the series was made too quickly: “If I am being honest, the smart thing would be to bring him back and let it interweave into the show, you know?

“I feel like, people, I may get in trouble for saying this, but they’re so quick to just to leave, to leave these people. You know what I mean? So quick to fire them.”

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Smollett was written out of the final two episodes of season 5 following the major controversy when it was alleged he staged a hate crime in which he was the victim.

Although all the charges were dropped back in March, “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels has confirmed Smollett would not be returning to the hit FOX show.

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