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Jussie Smollett’s shocking Empire return: It’s kind of been a tough week

Empire returned on Wednesday and made zero mention of the Jussie Smollett allegations, sticking to business as usual with its own scandalous storyline of a data breach and family extortion.

Jussie Smollett features prominently in the episode, even performing two musical numbers.

Show runner Brett Mahoney wouldn’t confirm rumors that Smollett’s scandal has put Empire’s future in jeopardy. However, TMZ is reporting that some production members are feeling anxiety on set. Mahoney did acknowledge the weight of the case is palpable to those working on the show.

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