Jussie Smollett is back in the limelight just 3 months after getting released from prison … after attending the BET Awards and getting incredulous reactions online.
The actor showed up at Sunday night’s ceremony in LA, all smiles … telling ET he’s excited to be “expanding his empire.”
He was asked how he feels about working his way back into Hollywood, but Jussie doesn’t see it that way — he says this has always been the plan.
Twitter was on fire as JS walked the red carpet and took his seat … memes were created in his name, while some called out BET for allowing “race-baiting liars” in its space.
Sunday night’s host, Taraji P. Henson, has been a vocal supporter of Jussie — they both worked on “Empire” … but she was silent about her co-star during the ceremony.