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An emotional Lee Daniels announces ‘Star’ won’t be returning to television


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Lee Daniels posted an optimistic message earlier this week to fans that he may have found a new home for his canceled FOX musical drama, Star, the director-producer now has shared some less happy news about his beloved show.

“Okay, so I got some bad news,” Daniels says in an Instagram video, while Star‘s theme song blasts in the background. “It ain’t happening. I tried my best, guys. You know, we got some incredible people. I mean, I can’t list everybody. I’ll say it in a letter. But in a nutshell, it ain’t happening. I did my best.”

Although Daniels confirmed the show won’t be coming back to television, he alluded that it would still live on.

“Just know that just like with Precious or Empire –– that first season — The ButlerMonsters Ball — the next thing I do is going to be Star,” he declared, listing his past projects and films. “It will exist in all of my work. I love you all of the fans that have supported us.”

As previously reported, Star, which now belongs to Disney’s 20th Century Fox, was being shopped to multiple outlets, including BET and OWN, following its cancellation.

The musical drama, which premiered in 2016, was a spinoff from Daniels’ other hip-hop musical drama, Empire. It followed Jude DemorestRyan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady as three young singers hoping to make it big in Atlanta.

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier called the decision to cancel Star a “tough choice,” saying it was tied to the fact the network wanted to prioritize Empire, which will end with its sixth and final season.

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