‘Empire’ Snubbed by Emmy Awards, Co-Creator Lee Daniels Reacts With F-Bomb

Fox’s smash hip-hop drama “Empire” may have scored with fans, but it didn’t hit any high notes with Emmy voters.

The hit show scored only three Emmy nods, for series star Taraji P. Henson as best actress, and two in the costume categories.

Series co-creator Lee Daniels didn’t take kindly to the snub, to say the least, posting a video on Instagram in which he drops a massive f-bomb on the TV Academy.

“F— these motherf—ers,” he says, despite “Empire” star Jussie Smollett pleas for him to be “nice.” “#canfinallypostthis #timetoberealagain #emmyniceguyoverwith,” he captioned the video, which he also tweeted.

The show had been considered a contender in the best drama race, as well as for lead actor Terrence Howard. Fox had campaigned heavily for the series.

“Empire” was the highest-rated new series to come along in more than a decade, growing its audience with each week. Its March 18 finale drew 17.6 million same-night viewers and more than 20 million within just three days of DVR playback.

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards air September 20 on Fox.

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