Days after being lampooned on Saturday Night Live and slammed by Chris Rock at the NAACP Image Awards, Jussie Smollett was dragged by Tracy Morgan on The Tonight Show.
In an appearance earlier this week that’s now going viral, Morgan gave it to the actor with both barrels, first telling Jimmy Fallon that he’d been cast on Empire himself.
“They gave me millions of dollars. Contractually, all I have to do is not fake a hate crime,” he jabbed with a cackle, adding for good measure a shouted “Jessie” — the name Rock gave the actor during the awards show.
“You don’t buy that story?” Fallon asked.
“Nah, man!” Morgan said. “First of all, racist people don’t be jumping people in the polar vortex,” referring to the historically cold weather on January 29, when Smollett claimed he was attacked by two white supporters of President Trump.
“Racists don’t be watching Empire,” Morgan said. “It’s too cold. They say, ‘[We’ll] be racist in the spring.”
Morgan also joked that video footage proved it was a hoax, too.
“He disappears for like 10 seconds, and then he reappears with the noose around his neck and still holding that Subway sandwich. He didn’t let that Subway sandwich go.”
Chicago Police claim they have the evidence that Smollett orchestrated the incident, but in a controversial decision, prosecutors decided to drop all charges against the actor, on the condition that he forfeit $10,000 — 10% of his bond — and reimburse the city some $130,000 for the expense of the investigation.
A federal investigation into a threatening letter cops say was part of the hoax is still underway.
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