Emmys 2015: Empire creator Lee Daniels drops F-bomb in response to awards snub

Daniels has since posted another video clarifying that he was joking

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Empire co-creator Lee Daniels has responded to the hip hop drama's Emmys snub by dropping the F-bomb in an Instagram video.

The show's exec producer posted a message of himself with actor Jussie Smollett shouting "F**k these motherf**kers!" after the TV awards nominations were announced on Thursday.

Emmys 2015 nominations list

Empire failed to earn a nod for Best Drama despite its impressive first run. Terrence Howard missed out on a Best Actor nomination for his role as Lucious Lyon but Taraji P Henson did make the cut for Best Actress after playing Cookie Lyon. Two of the show's costume designers were also nominated.

Daniels has since returned to Instagram to clarify that he was joking with his earlier video. "Some of these people ain't got nuttin' else better to do than to hit on me for having fun," he said.

"I was having fun. I love the Emmys and I'm excited about 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!"

Empire returns for its second series on 23 September while the Emmys ceremony takes place on 20 September.