As reported by the Inquisitr, fans of the Fox TV show called Empire can rest assured that they are not cancelled, despite rumors floating around the web from fake news websites saying that the second season of Empire was cancelled due to producer salary issues. Now stars of the runaway hit show are weighing in on Twitter, too, telling their fans not to worry about the cancellation hoax rumors.
When Jovon Lee (@LeeJovon) asked Jussie Smollett if the second season of Empire was really cancelled, Smollett responded on Twitter that it was indeed a hoax.
Haha hell no. Come on now. Don't believe faux journalists and pretend blogs son. https://t.co/Gg6TZ3AsQl
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) April 23, 2015
Additionally, the @EmpireFOX Twitter account responded when Jayme Hoffman expressed her disappointment at hearing rumors of the cancellation. Hoffman even offered to start a petition to bring the second season of the show back to TV.
“Is season 2 really cancelled?? Is there any way to petition or raise money for it? Empire is the best show I’ve ever seen!”
That’s when the official Empire Twitter account @EmpireFOX set her mind at ease April 18.
“@jaymehoffman93 We ain’t cancelled! We’ll see you soon, boo. #empire”
— Empire (@EmpireFOX) April 18, 2015
According to Gossip Cop, the rumors about the second season of Empire being cancelled were perhaps begun by a site called the New York Times News, which has nothing to do with the New York Times. Indeed, the Facebook page for the hoax news site shows the story titled “Fox Cancels The Hit Show Empire Just After 1 Season!” has been shared on Facebook nearly 6,000 times — and the blog post on their website claims to have been viewed more than 130,000 times.
Folks are still tweeting up a storm about the Empire cancellation rumors, with some people realizing it’s a hoax, whilst others think it’s true. The Twitter account of Taraji P. Henson has yet to address the cancellation rumors as of this time.
Not only is the second season of Empire in full swing — with Empire producer Brian Grazer hoping to land Eminem on Season 2 of the show, according to Billboard, — there’s also lots of buzz online about which stars may appear. Kanye West told fans that if you see his latest routine on Empire, you’ll know he did it first.
[Image via Fox/Empire]