- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lee Daniels says people took his online hijinks a little too seriously.

The “Empire” creator became a trending topic after posting an expletive-filled video alongside actor Jussie Smollett with the hashtags #timetoberealagain and #emmyniceguyoverwith. The freshman hit series earned three Emmy bids Thursday - lead actress for Taraji P. Henson and two for costume design - but failed to nab a best drama nomination.

Daniels posted a video on Twitter and Instagram after the nominations were announced that shows him laughing with Smollett, who tells him, “You have to be nice.” Daniels then unleashes a tirade of obscenities, which some entertainment media understood as a response to a perceived Emmy snub.

But Thursday night, Daniels posted another video with the hashtags #emmypower and #congratstoall.

“Some of these people got nothing else better to do than hate on me for having fun. I was having fun,” he said on the video. “I love the Emmys, and I’m excited for my cast and crew that got nominated and for the other people that got nominated for Emmys. So haters, shut up and go to bed.”

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