“SNL” Is Not Ready to Give Jussie Smollett Another Chance

"Guys, you are not going to believe what just happened to me."

All charges may have been dropped against Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging his own attack and filing a false police report, but he’s still guilty in the court of Saturday Night Live.

Smollett, 36, who plays gay performer Jamal Lyon on the Fox drama Empire, reported January 29 that he was brutally attacked in Chicago by two masked assailants using racist and homophobic slurs. They also allegedly tied rope around the out actor’s neck and poured bleach on him.

Even before Smollett had been indicted by a Chicago grand jury on 16 felony counts for allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a hate crime, his scenes were cut from Empire.


In a shady sketch on last night’s episode of SNL, hosted by Sandra Oh, Smollett is running hours late for a Fox network meeting to discuss his future with the series.

“Guys, you are not going to believe what just happened to me,” Chris Redd’s Smollett says. “I got attacked again!”

“Don’t worry, I got some hits in too,” he tells Oh as his manager, who argues that her client is a victim. “I’m still the gay Tupac.” He explains that he’s only alive because he fought back, because he’s also “the gay Mike Tyson.”

“You can’t fire me,” he later tells the network execs. “I made this show, man. I’m the gay Lee Daniels!”


“Jussie, I’m the gay Lee Daniels,” says Kenan Thompson as the Empire creator.

Wearing a red MAGA hat, Redd’s Smollett also realizes his “killer” left behind a bag full of vaguely racist and homophobic clues from the crime, including a box of Crest Whitestrips, three “K” letters, and the gay Teletubby.

Should they call the police? “No, they said I can never call again as part of the deal,” he says.

SNL previously poked fun at the Smollett controversy earlier this month with a Shark Tank spoof in which he pleaded for legal representation.


Brothers Olabinjo “Ola” and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, questioned by police as suspects but released without charges, “shifted the trajectory of the investigation” by providing evidence that they had been paid $3,500 by the actor to help orchestrate the assault.

Despite Chicago PD’s initial claims that Smollett may have organized the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on Empire, he and his lawyers have maintained his innocence. His attorneys released a statement denouncing Chicago PD for “an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system.”

After all charges against Smollett were unexpectedly dropped, President Donald Trump tweeted that federal officials will investigate the case.

See SNL bash Smollett again below.

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