Jussie Smollett has just learned just how expensive it can be to fake an assault on yourself. Not only does he have a pile of legal bills and lost his $10,000 dollar bail, but he has now lost the starring role in the biggest Broadway to come along in many a year.
And that doesn’t even count the fact that he may not be returning to Empire. Smollett was up for the lead role in the Broadway smash, “Take Me Out” that has already won a Tony and has been proclaimed the hottest show on Broadway.
Jussie Smollett reportedly is out as the lead in a show on Broadway called “Take Me Out” following his alleged hate crime hoax and trouble with the city of Chicago.
The 36-year-old actor reportedly was being considered for the lead role that would have been his debut on Broadway in the Tony-winning drama, per the Daily Mail Tuesday. But sources with knowledge now tell the outlet he will no longer appear in the play, despite charges being dropped against the “Empire” star.
“Everything was set to go and the producers were planning to announce that Jussie [Smollett] and Zachary Quinto were starring in the play last month,” one Broadway insider said.
“Everyone was so supportive after the attack and then suddenly, everything shifted,” the source added.
“Here is a kid who is on a hit television show, has made a name for himself, and gets the chance of a lifetime,” another source shared. “He would have come off the sixth season of Empire and kicked off the next leg of his career with a role on Broadway.”
“And not just that, the lead role in one of the best plays of the century in his Broadway debut,” the insider added. “Why on earth would someone throw that all away?”