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Everyone and their mother claim to be the inspiration behind “Empire,” but Jussie Smollett tells us that’s not the case on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.” “There’s not one person that it’s specifically about,” Jussie says. But if “Empire” was based on one person’s life, Jessie says it would be Lee Daniels. Listen to the audio player to hear him discuss how Jamal and Hakeem’s characters are directly related to the creator himself. Jussie also reveals what it’s like working with Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, what they get into on set and more in this exclusive interview!

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