TNT announced Thursday they will not air an upcoming episode of “Drop the Mic” featuring Jussie Smollett following the actor’s arrest.
The cable network said they are shelving the episode of the battle-rap show “in the interest of not being exploitative of an incredibly sensitive situation.” Actress Danielle Brooks and “American Idol” star Clay Aiken were also slated to appear on the episode as Smollett’s competitors.
Aiken made light of the situation in a tweet.
“FINALLY, I win a competition on TV and dumb #JussieSmollett screws it up so no one will ever know!! Just look at all the damage he’s caused!! Ya know what, @DropTheMicTNT ? I think he was just afraid for America to see me spit my rhymes so well. #threatened #sabotage,” he wrote.
TNT will instead air an episode pitting actress Raven-Symone against comedian Ron Funches and boyband singers Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block) and Joey Fatone (‘NSYNC against one another.
The cancellation comes hours after stunning new developments in the Smollett case.
Back in January, Smollett alleged he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. By early Thursday, the “Empire” actor had been arrested and charged with filing a false police report, a felony.
Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson blasted Smollett in a press conference, calling his actions “shameful” and the ordeal a “publicity stunt” meant to further his career.
A Chicago judge set his bond at $100,000.