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Clay Aiken Tweets About 'Damage' Jussie Smollett Caused After Their Episode of 'Drop the Mic' Is Pulled

Clay Aiken Tweets About 'Damage' Jussie Smollett Caused After Their Episode of 'Drop the Mic' Is Pulled

By Jennifer Drysdale‍ 
 
 

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Jussie Smollett's upcoming episode of Drop the Mic with Clay Aiken has been pulled, and Aiken is not happy. 

Drop the Mic executive producer Jensen Karp revealed on Thursday that the Empire star's episode will not be aired following his felony disorderly conductcharge for allegedly filing a false police report. Aiken couldn't help but react to the news, calling out Smollett for the "damage" he's caused. The 35-year-old actor has maintained that he was a victim in his alleged Jan. 29 attack, and denied accusations that he orchestrated the incident. 

 

"We had an episode of Drop The Mic this season with Jussie that you'll now (correctly) never see, but sadly it will shelve @clayaiken, WHO WAS A VERY GOOD RAPPER (at least for now)," Karp wrote. 

"FINALLY, I win a competition on TV and dumb #JussieSmollett screws it up so no one will ever know!! Just look at all the damage he's caused!!" Aiken tweeted in response. "Ya know what, @DropTheMicTNT 🎤? I think he was just afraid for America to see me spit my rhymes so well. 🎤 #threatened #sabotage 🤣."

 

FINALLY, I win a competition on TV and dumb #JussieSmollett screws it up so no one will ever know!! Just look at all the damage he's caused!! Ya know what, @DropTheMicTNT 🎤? I think he was just afraid for America to see me spit my rhymes so well. 🎤#threatened #sabotage 🤣

 
 
 
 

Sources told ET, meanwhile, that Smollett is back on the Empire set after posting $10,000 of his $100,000 bond on Thursday. 

According to ET's sources, the actor headed to the location where the Fox show films in Chicago. The visit came shortly after Smollett appeared in court for a hearing after surrendering to authorities that morning. According to the bond slip from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, the bond deposit was posted by Lauren Criddle, who is listed as a friend. Smollett was also asked to surrender his passport. His next hearing is set for March 14. 

A source close to the Empire production team told ET earlier Thursday that a meeting with Fox was expected to happen on Thursday to discuss Smollet's future with the show.

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Clay Aiken says ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett should be ‘made example of’ if allegations are true

Clay Aiken says ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett should be ‘made example of’ if allegations are true

2/25/2019

 

 

Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken said Monday that “Empire” star Jussie Smollett should be “made an example of” if the accusations he staged a hate crime prove to be true.

“I don’t want to rush to judgment — that said, if it bears out and the evidence shows that it’s proven in a court, that he did what the Chicago police are saying he’s done, I do hope that … we do make an example of him,” Aiken told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

“There is an instinct sometimes for high-profile people to get probation and I don’t believe that this is a situation at all to not be made an example of,” he added.

Smollett last Thursday surrendered to authorities after he was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.

The actor, who is black and gay, initially claimed last month that he was the victim of a violent and racist attack in Chicago. The actor said that one of his attackers shouted “This is MAGA country,” in a reference to President Trump’s “Make American Great Again” campaign slogan.

Chicago police now allege that Smollett staged the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

Aiken, who is an LGBTQ advocate, said that he would be “disappointed” if Smollett is found guilty and not held accountable for his actions, comparing the actor’s case to the highly publicized trial of Martha Stewart.

Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 of obstruction of justice and lying to investigators about a stock sale. She served a five-month prison sentence and a two-year period of supervised release.

“We sent Martha Stewart to jail and the judge in large part said that was to be an example to others not to do what she had done — I would be very disappointed if something spent this amount of time, this amount of money, this amount of exposure on a hoax,” Aiken told Hill.TV.

–Tess Bonn

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