‘Empire’ NOT Canceled: Cancellation Report Is HOAX
“Empire” is NOT canceled, despite a fake story circulating on Facebook.
The website New York Times News, which has NO association with the REAL New York Times, started the false claim, writing, “It appears ‘Empire’ won’t be around for another season like producers planned.” The outlet alleged that the hit Fox series has been “cancelled until further notice,” and even said star Taraji P. Henson “took the news pretty hard and refused to speak about the decision.”
The fabricated site, a screenshot of which is above, also posted a supposed statement from the rest of the cast. “We would like to thank everyone who supported the show last season. We are keeping hope alive that [co-creator] Lee Daniels works this out with Fox so we can get back to filming one of the biggest shows of all time,” read the fabricated message.
It is all, of course, a big lie. “Empire” is Fox’s biggest hit in years, and one of the must successful television shows in general of the last decade. With more than 17 million viewers for the season finale last month, plans for season two are already underway. In fact, two cast members, Gabourey Sidibe and Ta’Rhonda Jones, were even promoted to series regulars earlier this week.
Irrespective the ridiculousness of the story, the fake New York Times News article has been shared more than 5,000 times on Facebook. Don’t fall for the hoax. We repeat: “Empire” is NOT “cancelled,” despite the bogus stamp across the equally bogus report.