Jussie Smollett betrayed the trust of his “Empire” coworkers and damaged the show’s image, and now several cast members want him written off immediately … according to our sources.
We’re told many of the “Empire” actors are “f**king furious” and feel if FOX honchos don’t fire Jussie, he should quit on his own … because he doesn’t deserve a spot on the hit show.
The feelings of animosity stem from the fact everyone on set had Jussie’s back after the “attack,” but in light of the new evidence police have laid out … many of them feel hurt and embarrassed.
We’re told almost everyone on set is worried about how Smollett’s damaged the show’s reputation … and could continue to do so if he remains part of the cast.
Now, our sources say there are still some cast and crew members who believe Jussie’s telling the truth because they can’t fathom him pulling off a hoax like this. We’re told arguments have erupted over how best to handle the situation.
It seems Smollett is well aware of the dissension on set. TMZ broke the story … Jussie showed up on set Thursday after the madness outside the court and apologized to everyone, but insisted he’s innocent.
We’re told he’s changed his number because certain pissed off cast members were blowing up his phone. He’s only given his new number to the people still in his corner.
Jussie was arrested Thursday and is facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. He was released from custody after posting a $ 10k bond and has been ordered to have no contact with the Osundairo brothers.
Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson says Jussie’s dissatisfaction with his “Empire” salary motivated the ruse and claims Smollett was also responsible for the hate letter sent to Fox Studios.
The new batch of celebs who’ll be living in the ‘Big Brother’ house for another season of drama are filling with one thing in common — starting salaries … TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the contacts for all 12 stars in season 2 of “Celebrity Big Brother” tell us each of them will rake in $ 100k … just for entering the house. The winner can walk away with an additional $ 250k.
In other words, Anthony Scaramucci isn’t more important than Dina Lohan this year … at least not from the jump, money-wise.
Our production sources also tell us the houseguests had been sequestered in separate hotel rooms for 4 days prior to entering the house Wednesday. We’re told CBS brass didn’t want anyone in the cast knowing who else was set to appear until the premiere.
Other celebs set to appear on ‘CBB’ include Natalie Eva Marie, Ryan Lochte, Joey Lawrence, Kato Kaelin, Lolo Jones, Tom Green, Kandi Burruss, Tamar Braxton, Jonathan Bennett and Ricky Williams.
Side note … the American version of ‘CBB’ doesn’t pay nearly as much as its U.K. counterpart. Just look at what Speidi made, not to mention Ray J. Big difference.
If your Christmas wish is to have Kelly, Donna, Steve and the rest of the “Beverly Hills, 90210” crew back in your life, you’re in luck … because reboot talks are going down in Hollywood!
Four of the stars of the iconic ’90s show — Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green — were spotted grabbing coffee on Sunset Blvd. Wednesday … and we’re told they were all together because they’re in the middle of a bunch of pitch meetings.
Our sources say the ‘90210’ alums and a couple writers and producers met with execs at Netflix, Amazon and Hulu to pitch the idea of bringing the ‘Bev Hills’ drama back to TV … almost 30 years after it all began.
No word if other series stars like Jason Priestley, Luke Perry or Shannen Doherty are involved in the project, but with the massive successes of other ’90s reboots lately … they might want to call their agents.
And, definitely avoid any Ambien tweeting.