Vernon was the character who died on the Empire season finale — not that we’re entirely surprised. He is the one who knew Lucious killed Bunky, plus he already tried to take away Lucious’ control of the company and was dabbling in coke. The odds weren’t in his favor. Getting killed off a hit show is a tough break for any actor, especially when you weren’t that memorable to begin with. The TV veteran is going hard on a post-Empire press tour this week, discussing his not-so-dearly departed character. And honestly? It’s more than we ever got from him on 10 episodes of Empire. Although apparently that’s not his fault. “It’s bad enough y’all haven’t wrote anything real significant that I can sink my teeth into,” Yoba said during his interview with The Combat Jack Show. “People don’t even know who Vernon was.”
Check out this week’s interviews and decide for yourself: bitter or nah?
Here he is on The View
Explaining that he got the call saying Vernon was going to die while helping out with a documentary on Ferguson. Then he busts out the guitar (clearly still angry that Terrence Howard got to sing the sultry Spanish guitar in the finale). Like Trai Byers, whose character Andre is specifically not musical, Yoba has a voice of his own.
Here he is on PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton
Trying to pretend he’s not bitter after getting killed off of his 13th television series, and totally busy.
Here’s his interview on The Combat Jack Show
This is where he really goes in on the writers for failing to give Vernon a backstory (although maybe they felt he didn’t need one?):
Lee [Daniels] doesn’t run the show. Him and Danny Strong created the show, but he doesn’t run it. There’s a woman named Ilene Chaiken that actually runs the show. Meaning, she runs the writer’s room, she’s in charge of hiring the directors and oversees the whole creative process of the show.
It’s bad enough y’all haven’t written anything real significant that I can sink my teeth into. People don’t even know who Vernon was.
He also reiterates his musical background:
I come up from a music background. Dame Dash grew up in my building. I remember when him and Jay [Z] first met. Watching Russell Simmons create Def Jam in New York City, watching all these cats. So I knew who the Vernon-type cat is suppose to be. By the third episode, I asked “Did y’all even write a bio for this dude? How am I suppose to connect the dots?”
Here he is on TMZ Live
Calling in from the car and spilling the tea that co-creator Lee Daniels said FOX “insisted” someone needed to die in the finale.
Too little too late, or was his character underdeveloped throughout season one? We appreciate him putting on a good face about it all, but let’s not forget that he’s the one who outed co-star Jussie Smollett before he could discuss his sexuality for himself. And then there are the rumors he got fired from the show because of drugs. ybe the dramatic world of Empire Entertainment isn’t that disconnected from real life after all.
Will you miss Vernon? Does New York Undercover deserve a reboot? Let us know in the comments.
Once again, the original stripper showers Joe with praise. “He’s going to blow people’s minds in this movie,” CT explains.
But wait, will all of his practice cause him to upstage Tatum? Is that even possible? We already know the True Blood star will be super naked in the sequel, but he told ET that his Latina lover Sofia Vergara inspired him to sex up his moves. “The Colombian people, they live life to the fullest,” he said. Sooo, she has inspired your dance moves? “The answer is yes.”
Don’t get me wrong — I’m tickled at the thought of this new and improved Joe, but I don’t know how I feel about all of this hype. Channing IS Magic Mike. He has a special place in my heart for being the first stripper to rapidly thrust his bulge (stuffed into a neon thong) right up in my face. OK, it was on a movie screen, but I can pretend.
Even if Channing gets upstaged, I guess I’ll just have to get over it and enjoy the film (because watching these guys is so hard). Here’s to hot, half-naked men for everyone!
PS – Channing, no matter how much you love Joe, just don’t forget your original bro Jonah Hill, okay?
We know it’s hard to believe, but the last episode of Glee~*eVeR*~ airs tonight. The New Directions have given us an incredible six years of singing, dancing, and awkward teen sexual tension, but it’s time for them to leave the show choir room for good. Admittedly, the most recent seasons of Glee haven’t been that great (this season especially, with its self-referencing jokes and out-of-control fat-shaming). However, we can’t let Ryan Murphy’s inability to craft a third act stop us from honoring Glee. When it was good, it was really fucking good. And, more importantly, it changed culture forever.
From putting gay teens on primetime to introducing us to living Ken doll/actual sex god Darren Criss, Glee wasn’t afraid to go where television had never been before. It broke racial, sexual, and gender boundaries — not to mention it brought the musical back in a big way. Simply put, television is more inclusive, vibrant, and engaging because of Glee. And it will definitely be missed.
Before you watch the final curtain close, relive all of the incredible things Glee did for the human race, and let us know your all-time favorite moments in the comments below. (We recommend drinking a slushy while reading this, because #feelings.)
1. Gay and lesbian teens got the primetime treatment.
In 2011, Entertainment Weekly featured Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and Blaine Anderson (Criss) on its cover with the headline “Gay Teens On TV.” Just think about that for a second; in 2011, putting LGBT adolescents on television was so groundbreaking that it warranted an EW cover. The progress we’ve made since then is astounding, and we must credit Glee for blazing the trail in such a public way. Watching Kurt come to terms with his sexuality in the small town of Lima, Ohio not only helped many people like him — this writer included — it led to other complex gay characters on Glee and beyond.
We first met Alex Newell on the short-lived Oxygen series The Glee Project. This led to Newell landing the part of Unique Adams, a young trans girl at McKinley High School. While there have been similar characters on television in the past, Unique’s was one of the first to emerge at the cusp of the transgender movement gaining mainstream visibility. Orange Is The New Black premieredroughly a year later and featured Laverne Cox as transgender inmate Sophia Burset. And now, we have shows like Transparent (which centers on a trans woman coming to terms with her identity) winning big at awards shows. (Another fact for you ex-Gleeks: Shannon Beiste, played by Dot Jones, recently came out as transgender. His character is now named Sheldon.)
3. The musical TV show genre exploded.
When Glee premiered in 2009, its musical-dramedy format stuck out like a sore thumb. But as audiences responded positively to its seamless marriage of music and acting, other television shows quickly followed suit. Smash, which told the story of a songwriting duo working to create a new musical, took several notes from Glee in its composition. FOX’s Empire, the most popular show of 2015, incorporates original songs — something the New Directions did five years ago. Even American Horror Story (also created by Murphy) can’t help but burst into song every now and then. While Fame will always be the first, Glee helped reboot musical television in an accessible, fun way.
4. The anti-bullying movement gained steam.
With the social media boom, bullying has become more of a problem among teens than ever before. Glee faced this controversial issue head on, particularly with football player Dave Karofsky’s (Max Adler)harassment of Kurt. The show’s raw portrayal of this conflict helped spark conversations about bullying and, more importantly, ways to prevent it.
5. Down syndrome wasn’t relegated to the background.
At first, Becky (Lauren Potter) was just Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch) right-hand girl on all things glee club destruction. But something wonderful started happening as the show went on: Becky received plot lines. Good plot lines. Recently, Becky started dating a boy who doesn’t have Down syndrome, and Glee succeeded again in tackling a topic that needed to be discussed. Since Becky’s 2009 debut, another actress with Down syndrome has emerged on a Murphy show: Jamie Brewer. The 30-year-old has had the incredible opportunity to play a variety of characters on AHS. And it makes our hearts so happy!
6. Teen pregnancy was explored unlike ever before.
Yes, we did get The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Familyabouta year before Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) got pregnant on Glee. However, Secret Life’s Amy Juergens (Shailene Woodley) had a fairly supportive network of friends and family. Meanwhile, Quinn got kicked off the cheerleading team and had zero support from her parents. Quinn’s vulnerability, fear, and — perhaps most surprisingly — anger toward her situation was unprecedented for primetime.
7. It made dyslexic students feel less alone.
Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) told his fellow Gleeks he had dyslexia when he joined the club. But it wasn’t until Ryder Lynn (Blake Jenner) emotionally dealt with the learning difficultly in front of millions that it started helping teens across the country. Ryder’s academic struggles were heartbreaking to watch, but his later triumphs showed dyslexic students that they are going to be just fine.
8. We met Darren Criss.
OK, so Criss was a working actor before Glee. (A Very Potter Musical, anyone?) But his Dalton Academy blazer is what made him a bona fide superstar, and thank Jesus for that. Honestly, there’s no one on this planet hotter than Blaine. The perfectly quaffed hair! The intense smolder of his eyes (see above)! The fact that he can impregnate you by singing a Katy Perry song! Thank you, Glee, for introducing us to this fine specimen of human. Yes ma’am.
9. It made show choir badass.
When I was in high school, no one wanted to join the show choir. After Glee premiered, it suddenly became the hottest club in school. Glee turned show choir students into superheroes: tireless performers who executed routines with athletic precision. We triumphed when the New Directions won competitions like they were a Friday Night Lights-esque football team. The choir room became a place where anyone — baseball players to theatre fanatics — could come together and share their love for music. Glee was instrumental in getting teens to see that the arts are both cool and worthwhile.
10. It introduced millennials to the best damn music in history.
While Glee’s Top 40 covers are nothing short of flawless, its incorporation of show tunes and classic hits helped introduce youths to the artists who basically invented music. The McKinley kids have covered everyone from The Beatles to John Mellencamp and the Rolling Stones. Plus, the series has dedicated entire episodes to cultural staples like Madonna and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Cheers to Glee for getting youngins’ to realize Justin Bieber is not the king of music.
Jane Lynch discusses filming the final episode on Big Morning Buzz Live.
The famous parents stepped out with their children – North, 21 months, Penelope, 2, and Reign, 3 months – at dance class in Woodland Hills, Calif. The girls looked adorable in their sweet tutus. Big cousin Mason, 5, was not spotted with the group.
Kourtney carried her baby boy in the car seat while Auntie Kim toted Penelope to the car. Meanwhile, the rapper looked every bit the proud papa while holding Nori after her lesson.
The family outing comes shortly after news of Kourtney’s longtime beau, Scott Disick, entering a rehab facility in Costa Rica.
“I realize my issues are bigger than me and I’m ready to truly remedy this struggle I continue to battle,” Scott told TMZ.
Scott checked into Rythmia Life Advancement Center, located on a private estate offering a “luxurious world-class experience” including a five-star restaurant, full-service spa with mud bath, and fitness center.
According to Confidenti@l, Lord Disick’s stint in rehab is actually an endorsement deal.
A source told the site: “He is 100,000% getting paid (by the facility). The rehab center even sent a press release about him. Why would they do that if he was not getting paid?They have to adhere to strict confidentiality. He’s pulling down big dollars on this one. I heard mid-six figures.”