Recent developments in the ongoing saga of disgraced “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett indicate that, despite having been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, the actor failed to attend the weekend ceremony, losing the award to another actor.
The nomination of Smollett, who faces national scrutiny for having allegedly reported a false hate crime, as well as the questionable circumstances surrounding the mysterious dropping of the charges he faced as a result, drew condemnation for the NAACP.
Smollett, however, was not in attendance, and lost the award to “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams during a portion of the awards ceremony which was not shown on television.
Host Anthony Anderson says he hoped nominee Smollett would attend prior to the show.
— Terri Seymour (@TerriSeymour) March 28, 2019
From Page Six:
Jussie Smollett will not be a winner after all.
The embattled “Empire” actor, who sparked rumors he would be attending the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday when he flew out to Los Angeles this week, lost out in his category the night before, ABC News reported.
Smollett was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Jamal Lyon on the Fox show, but “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams won the award during the untelevised portion of the show at the awards dinner on Friday, the outlet said.
Smollett skipped out on attending the dinner, the network reported.
His loss comes after Chicago prosecutors abruptly dismissed charges against him for allegedly staging a hate crime attack against himself.
Host Anthony Anderson told Variety he was rooting for Smollett’s win and “hoped to see him” at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where the rest of the awards will be handed out.