Lee Daniels didn’t mince words when his hit new TV show, ‘Empire,’ failed to score an Emmy nom for Best Drama or a Lead Actor nomination for Terrence Howard, saying in an Instagram video: “F*** these motherf**kers.” At the TCA tour he clarified his feelings (or perhaps time has mellowed the anger).
I spoke to my cast when we didn’t get the Emmy nomination, and I told Terrence and everyone, we are lucky to be employed. We are blessed. God has blessed me to be employed and to be in front of you right now, and in a show that I enjoy going to work to. I could be unemployed. So many of my peers, people that I respect, are unemployed, so I am honored to just go to work.”
That’s very true. The entertainment industry is TOUGH: a lot of people can’t find work on a regular basis. The ‘Empire’ creator showed his leadership skills when he put it all into perspective for everyone.
So what about his Instagram video?
I think people take things out of context. If you follow me on social media, you’ll get my sense of humor. You’ll get a sense who it is that I am. I’m so happy that my friends… I have intimate friends from other shows that I am really good friends with that got nominated, and deservedly so. We got a lot of good shows on TV. So I think that…Que sera sera…It is what it is. It’s all good. We got three, guys! Taraji, and we got two costume, yeah. So I’m excited for them.
“I think people dwell on the negative and stuff, and looked at it like oh, sour grapes. It really wasn’t sour grapes. If you studied my instagram, you’d see that there is a real sense of twisted humor that was there and a deep appreciation for the Emmys, and certainly no disrespect or outrage at all. Yeah, of course it would be nice to have an Emmy nomination, but I realize that there’s next year, or the year after.”
Hmmm… I think the video was sincere, but honestly, who can blame him? ‘Empire’ DID deserve more nominations, especially for Best Drama! I’m going to be so torn come Emmy night: on one hand, I love Taraji P. Henson as Cookie, but ‘Orphan Black’ star Tatianna Maslany FINALLY got nominated as well, and if anyone deserves the Emmy for acting, it’s her! Have you seen her play all those clones? Maybe they’ll tie…
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