Jussie Smollett's 'Empire' co-star 'happy' charges were dropped, welcomes him 'back'

Jussie Smollett received a mixture of messages Tuesday after prosecutors dropped the alleged hoax hate crime charges against the actor. Even after the news broke, fans, Chicago officials and celebrities -- including some of his colleagues -- continued to argue about the case.

But his "Empire" co-star AzMarie Livingston didn't care to speculate. Instead, the 32-year-old who plays Chicken on the hit Fox series wanted to focus on Smollett getting back to work.

"I'm happy his charges are being dropped and look forward to seeing Jussie on set and his character Jamal back on 'Empire,'" Livingston told People in a statement Tuesday.

Taraji P. Henson, too, rejoiced after Smollett was cleared of all charges.

"I'm happy that the truth has finally been set free, because I knew it all along," Henson told USA Today. "We're all happy for him, and thank God the truth prevailed."