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All Lee Daniels wants to do is make his mama proud.

The producer of Fox’s breakout hit Empire who has already achieved critical and box office victories with “Precious” and “The Butler,” says the success of the TV show caught him off guard: “I didn’t even think we’d be picked up!”

But his mother saw it coming.

“I’m surprised [at the success], because I just was conditioned to thinking [against it], but my mom said she’s not surprised so I guess she’s the boss,” Daniels said. “My mom is really happy and I live to make my mom and my kids happy and they’re really proud of this show. It’s a great feeling to make your family happy.”

Another source of happiness, Daniels said, is the freedom to work on his first television series without Fox constantly over his shoulder with a red pen.

“It’s crazy. I mean, I can’t believe they let me on TV. They just say, ‘Lee, do your thing. Go do you. You do you,’” he said.

Fox has already renewed Empire for a second season.  Below, Daniels teases what he has in store for Lucious, Cookie, Jamal and ‘nem for Season 2:

Empire airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

In the Feb. 11 episode, “Out, Damned Spot” (written by Daniels), Vernon finds himself in a sticky situation, and Jamal’s ambition causes trouble in his relationships.

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6 thoughts on “Even Lee Daniels Can’t Believe ‘Empire’s’ Success

  1. specialt757 on said:

    No your parents didn’t teach you to love the skin you’re in. black-ish is a good show and I watch that also. Just like I watch “white” shows just for the entertainment, it’s just TV you clown! Stop being an asshole for once is your short, fat, littleman-complex, miserable life. You obviously have some deep routed issues, maybe you should seek therapy for your problems with blacks. Just seeing your dumb-ass name on these posts annoy me. If you’re so EDUCATED go to a website that is more in your class for example

    • IanRousseault on said:

      Look FUCKWAD, Why would you want to be entertained by lthis low life ghetto bullshit???? It’s black people like you who are responsible for the state of most of black americans!!!!! So continue in your stupidity and good luck with your inner city existence !!!!!!! Entertain all you want, DumbAss!

  2. IanRousseault on said:

    The whole Empire show is sooooooo very sad for black people the world over. Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry should both be put in jail for the STEPIN FETCHIT Bullshit that they put on TV and at the movies. Thank God we have Spike Lee! It breaks my HEART to see black people flock to this empire crap, about blacvk people who seem to have no real education, CLASS, common sense, brains or souls. Black people you can do better than this Minstrel Show. Why would you want to show the world that you will flock to ANYTHING black, no matter what the message is, just because it has black people in it?????? SAD, SAD, SAD, SAD! When are black people going to grow up and really use your brain??????

      • IanRousseault on said:

        Black-ish is a wonderful show, well written and with wonderful actors! I would never be got watching empire, even if that crap was the only thing on TV! Where is your dignity and respect. This is what’s wrong with A LOT of black america, absolutely no respect or inner thought at all. You don’t just watch anything, because it has black actors in it, what are they saying, what message are they delivering ???? Your Parents obviously didn’t teach you anything and that’s SAD!!!!!

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