‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett has described how he got a little more than he bargained for when he joked on twitter that he might be leaving the hit show. Earlier this month Smollett had posted a cryptic tweet which hinted that his character Jamal Lyon might be leaving the show and fans were so unhappy that creator Lee Daniels even received death threats.

Jussie SmollettJussie Smollett caused trouble with fans on twitter when he hinted he may be leaving ‘Empire’.

"I was thinking like my little core group of amazing fans would be like, ‘What?' But it just went so much further. Like there were calls about it and Lee (Daniels) was getting death threats about it," Smollett told Fox at a cast event on Friday (May 20).

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"It was hilarious to watch. Hilarious! I’ll be back season three and hopefully season four if I don't piss everybody off," he added. Smolett’s cryptic tweet, which he posted earlier this month read: ‘I've thoroughly enjoyed my time w/ @EmpireFOX. I love you all. Truth. Time 2 make a record & some movies.’

After the show’s season two finale aired last week, Smollett was quick to reassure fans on twitter that he definitely wasn't going anywhere. ‘Listen 2 my words...I'll see y'all season 3. #IAintGoingNoWhere,’ he tweeted.

At the event star Terrance Howard, who plays Jamal’s father Lucious Lyon also said that he’d like to see the hip-hop mogul reunite with his ex-wife Cookie (played by Taraji P. Henson).

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“I hope it's in the cards in the future because when we work together and when we're able to play with each other, there something that's satiated in my spirit," Howard said.