The Tony nominations came out yesterday and recognized the best that Broadway had to offer this year. Hamilton, Shuffle Along, Eclipsed and The Color Purple were among the productions to receive multiple nominations, but one big name was noticeably absent from the lineup of nominees: Jennifer Hudson.
The Oscar winner, who stars in The Color Purple, was snubbed by the Tony committee despite her standout performance in the revival — and nobody is less pleased about it than J-Hud herself. In fact, after a fan tweeted the first-time Broadway star that leaving her out was the "ultimate snub," Hudson couldn't help but respond in agreement.
"My presence was used for my celebrity, not my talent. I'm not surprised," she wrote, and then quickly deleted. Damn, girl!
Meanwhile, Hudson's co-star Cynthia Erivo did receive a nomination in the Leading Actress category. J-Hud's disappointment is completely understandable considering the amount of time, work and dedication it takes to be on Broadway, but we have a feeling she has many wonderful performances — and Tony nominations — ahead of her and maybe shouldn't sweat this one so hard.
Watch our interview with Jennifer and the rest of the Color Purple cast above.
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