Jennifer Hudson Throws Epic Shade in Response to Tony Awards Snub for ‘Color Purple’

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Fresh off her appearance at the Met Gala, Jennifer Hudson expressed her disappointment with her Tony Awards snub on Twitter.

According  to The Mic, the singer-actress is currently starring in “The Color Purple” on Broadway. While fellow castmates Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks were nominated for their roles in the show, Hudson received none.

In a now-deleted response to a Twitter user, Hudson said she was “not surprised.” She also boldly proclaimed her presence in the play was used for her popular status in Hollywood.

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Hudson wasn’t the only one who was disappointed by their lack of recognition from the Tony committee.

Record six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, who was also snubbed, expressed her frustrations with the nominations.

The only other time McDonald was not nominated was for her role in “Henry IV” back in 2003, according to the New York Daily News.

Along with the stars of Broadway hit “Hamilton,” several Black actresses from other plays received submissions for a Tony.

Creator and writer Danai Gurira earned her first-ever Best New Play nomination for her work on “Eclipsed.” Lupita Nyong’o stars in the play and was submitted for the Best Leading Actress in a Play category. Nyong’o’s castmates Pascale Armand and Saycon Sengblo are both Best Featured Actress nominees while director Liesl Tommy was submitted for Best Direction of a Play.

Other nominees for  Best Featured Actress include Brooks and “Shuffle Along” star Adrienne Warren. Sophie Okonedo was submitted for Best Leading Actress in a Play for “The Crucible” while Erivo scored a nomination for lead musical actress, according to

“My face is stuck in a smile, “The Color Purple” actress told the Daily News.

According to the official show website, the 70th annual Tony Awards will air live on CBS June 12 at 8 p.m. eastern time. James Corbin is tapped to host.

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