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'Empire' returns with Jussie Smollett, Twitter erupts

"Empire" returned with Jussie Smollett for his midseason premiere on Wednesday; the episode, Smollett's character, Jamal, could not agree with his family's illegal actions. Eventually, Jamal's family became involved in some high-profile drama.

"I do not know if y'all been reading the blogs and all the foolishness, but it's kinda been a tough week," Jamal said.

"Lee Deaniels is a psychic," one fan tweeted about "Empire's" creator.

"Jussie Smollett watching #Empire right now," tweeted another

However, some viewers were uncomfortable watching Smollett on their TVs, even though the episode had been filmed a while ago.

"I'm sorry it's so hard for me to look at jussie without wanting to slap the s-t outta him #Empire, "a viewer tweeted."

"I'm just ready to see you write off Jamal #Empire," a fan tweeted, next a gif of a woman giving a glare.

"It's been a tough week" … hahaha more like a month so far, Jussie 😂 # Empire, "

Smollett, 36, is appearing in court Thursday over allegations he staged a racist and homophobic attack against himself.

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