TNT Pulls Jussie Smollett ‘Drop the Mic’ Episode After Arrest

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 01: Actor/singer Jussie Smollett performs onstage during the 20th Anniversary Taste for a Cure fundraiser benefitting UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Jonsson Cancer Center …
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Cable network TNT pulled an upcoming Drop the Mic episode featuring Jussie Smollett the same day the Empire actor was arrested by Chicago Police for allegedly orchestrating a fake hate crime.

The episode, which was set to air February 6 but was rescheduled to March 6 after the purported attack was first reported, featured Smollett engaging in a rap battle with Orange Is the New Black‘s Danielle Brooks, TV Line reported.

Drop the Mic executive producer and head writer Jensen Karp announced the cancellation of the episode on his Twitter account saying, “We had an episode of Drop the Mic this season with Jussie that you’ll now (correctly) never see.”

For now, YouTube still has the episode posted for sale at $1.99.

Jussie Smollett was arrested in Chicago weeks after he reported being attacked by two men who yelled homophobic and Donald Trump slogans at him then beat him up. Thursday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson slammed the actor for using the “symbolism of a noose to make false accusation.”

“Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city … I’m offended by what happened, and I am also angry,” Johnson said.

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