Trevor Noah Discovers a ‘Silver Lining’ in the Jussie Smollett Hoax: WATCH

The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah took a look at Jussie Smollett’s arrest on Thursday night, noting that “the whole world now knows Jussie’s name, but for all the wrong reasons.”

First, Noah examined Smollett’s alleged motive for the staged hate crime —to get a raise from Empire producers: “Call me old fashioned, but whatever happened to just going into your boss’s office, and blackmailing him with nudes?”

Noah also expressed astonishment that Smollett paid his accomplices with a check: “What? Did he also write ‘Fake Hate Crime’ in the memo?”

And Noah mocked Smollett for bungling a plot to have the attack take place in front of the security camera because the camera was facing the wrong direction: “You’ve gotta be sh*tting me. He wanted to be caught but he didn’t get caught on camera because he didn’t know which way the camera was pointing? You’re an actor! That’s your only job! Your only job.”

“So Jussie is potentially going to prison for a while. And in his wake, he has screwed over everyone,” Noah continued. “Members of the gay community are emotionally terrorized over something that turned out to be a hoax. Trump supporters are upset about being falsely accused, and Democratic candidates are tying themselves in knots trying to walk back their initial statements calling this a modern-day lynching.”

“The point is, nobody won,” Noah concluded. “But there is a silver lining. When this started out, it was a story about people who hated Jussie Smollett because he was black and gay. But now, people hate him because he’s an a**hole. In other words, they’re judging him on the content of his character, and not the color of his skin…and that, my friends, is progress.”

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‘Empire’ Producers Cut Jussie Smollett from Remainder of Season

Empire producers are removing Jussie Smollett from the remainder of the season after his arrest for staging a hate crime.

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Said Executive Producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer in a statement: “Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

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Jussie Smollett Stands by Innocence in Statement, Apology on ‘Empire’ Set: ‘I Swear to God, I Did Not Do This’ — REPORT

Following his release on $100,000 bond yesterday, actor Jussie Smollett went directly to Chicago’s Cinespace Studio where he shot a scene and spoke to the cast and crew of Empire, according to reports,

TMZ reports: ‘We’re told he addressed everyone on set, saying …”I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls. I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this.”’

CNN spoke to someone who attended the set meeting: “The person at the meeting said they were shocked and dismayed that Smollett stuck to his story of innocence. For the most part, the source said, Smollett paraphrased what was in the statement that his attorney put out that afternoon, blaming the legal system and the media for his woes. 20th Century Fox Television executive VP of corporate communications and publicity, Chris Alexander, confirmed that Smollett was on set filming on Thursday.”

Documents obtained by TMZ and filed by prosecutors in Smollett’s bond hearing outline a detailed plot including texts between the Empire actor and the two brothers he engaged to carry it out.

A statement sent out late Thursday on behalf of Smollett read: “Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system. The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election. Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

Follow all our coverage of the Jussie Smollett case HERE.

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