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.