E mpire has been on the air since long and Taraji - Terrence are the real stars. But what about the rest of the actors present in the show Are they being paid enough But the question remains the same. Why did Jussie Smollet leave the show Well, he was not being paid as the paid stars should be. Yes, while Taraji recently asked for a raise and got one, Jussie was somehow left. He was, however, not asking for a lot of money, just a nice increase. But the people at FOX were like no they have no money left in their budget. And, Jussie announced that he is leaving the show.