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Jussie Smollett On Ellen 'There's Never Been A Closet That I've Been In'

Empire's Jussie Smollett has a heart-to-heart with Ellen DeGeneres and tells the talk show host he's never been in the closet, he just chooses to keep his personal life personal.

Jussie Smollett, star of Fox's breakout new series Empire sat with Ellen DeGeneres Monday (March 9) to thank her for all she's done for the LGBT community.

Smollett, who plays Jamal, also used the chance to speak about his sexuality. Smollett said it was very important for him to get across to fans and anyone wondering, there is no closet. The 31-year-old just chooses to keep his personal life private.

"There's never been a closet that I've been in. I don't own a closet I have a dresser. I don't have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home, so that is why I choose not to talk about my personal life. There is without a doubt no closet that I have ever been in."

Questions about Smollett's sexuality have surrounded the star, and the newly signed Columbia Records recording artist went on Ellen to clear the air.

"So let's not read into it in the wrong way when I say I don't talk about my personal life. I'm saying that, but it isn't in no way to hide or deny who God made me. My mama knows. My mama likes me a lot and yes, I take her to the 'Sound of Music' sing a long every year!"

Watch the two minute sit down below.

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Nostalgia seems to be the name of the game these days. As networks flirt with the idea of rebooting beloved television shows birthed in the 90s, the return on investment appears to be two-fold: being able to tap into the fanbase that helped catapult the show to success, while exposing the series to a new audience.

According to Deadline, ABC is not only rebooting NYPD Blue but also considering bringing back New York Undercover. Created by Dick Wolf, the cop drama starring Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo was the first series that featured two actors of colors as the lead.

Yoba and DeLorenzo played undercover detectives J.C Williams and Eddie Torres with New York's fourth precinct. Later on in the series, Lauren Valez joined the cast as a detective and Torres' love interest. Originally housed on Fox, the series lasted from 1994-1998, with the unsuspecting death of Torres who perished in a car bomb.

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R. Kelly's Ex-Girlfriend Kitti Jones Details Abuse By Singer

With the recent gun threats at a screening of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, former girlfriend Kitti Jones sits down with Page Six TV to detail the ins and outs of her relationship with the singer on Monday (Dec. 6).

Joining the conversation via video live stream, Jones speaks on the emotion and physical abuse she endured during her two-year relationship with Kelly, telling a number of horror stories in the process.

Having lived with him in his Chicago home from 2011 to 2013, Jones shares the way the abuse evolved from verbal to physical beginning with an implementation of rules. According to Jones, Kelly would expect her to follow a number of obscure and possessive rules such as, "standing up when he walks into the room," "facing the wall," and "asking permission to use the bathroom."

In addition, Jones shares that she was often expected to have "sex on demand" and would suffer adverse consequences if she did not comply, including being denied food for days at a time.

During the interview, Jones also aligns with Kelly's ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, in her claim that the R&B musician was undoubtedly behind the threats that ultimately evacuated a private screening of the upcoming R.Kelly docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly on Dec. 4.

“I believe it was somebody connected to him," Andrea Kelly told Rolling  Stone. “This was an outside inside-job to me; someone on the outside does not want what’s going on on the inside to be completed. Whoever it came from, they know that this is not a good thing because there’s power in numbers.”

According to reports, those in attendance included the several of Kelly's accusers as well as the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke.

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Nas, Sauce Walka And Kanye West Make Up Jay-Z's 'Best Of 2018' Playlist

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Drake also has a noted three nods with Scorpion cuts "Emotionless," "That's How You Feel" and his guest spot on "SICKO MODE" with Travis Scott making the list.

The artist also included the righteous "BLACK EFFECT," a track from Everything Is Love with Beyonce. Rounding out the list is Rapsody's soulfully stirring "Sojourner" with J.Cole.

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