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Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Jennifer Hudson Anymore


Jennifer Hudson, the loveable girl-next-door
with a powerhouse voice, was enjoying a sensational rise to fame 10 years ago. Despite not making the quarterfinals of American
Idol in 2004, she still managed to carve out a promising career. Hudson even went on to star as Effie in the
hit movie Dreamgirls, and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Nothing seemed to stop the Chicago native,
and her debut album won a Grammy for Best R&B album in 2009. “I always call it a blessing and a curse.” “Yes.” “Because everything has to live up to those
expectations of the Oscar, the Grammy, of a Dreamgirls, of.. And I’m telling you, Jesus, ha..” However, her fame has faded over the past
few years, leading some to wonder how such a talented performer has could ever not be
on the A-list. Here are a few reasons why her career might’ve
stalled. From huge hits to massive flops Fresh from her Oscar-winning performance in
Dreamgirls, Hudson went on to star in huge hits Sex and the City and The Secret Life
of Bees. However, that same year she landed a role
in Fragments, a straight-to-DVD flop that starred Forest Whitaker. Hudson’s next project was the biopic Winnie
Mandela, which was hit with controversy when Winnie herself wanted production on the film
shut down. Hudson’s movie career never recovered and
after trying her hand with comedy in the critically-panned The Three Stooges and then appearing in the
musical drama Black Nativity. It seems casting agents started to avoid her
declining star power. The family tragedy that shook the world In October 2008, while celebrating her debut
solo album success, Jennifer Hudson was rocked by the news her 57-year-old mother Darnell
Donerson and her 29-year-old brother Jason had been murdered at their home in Chicago. Local and national news outlets reported her
7-year-old nephew Julian King was reported missing, but was later found dead in an abandoned
vehicle. William Balfour, the estranged husband of
Hudson’s sister Julia and father of Julian, was arrested and charged with the murders,
and sentenced in 2012 to life imprisonment. Although none of this was Hudson’s fault,
the tragic events surrounding her family certainly changed the narrative about the singer-actress. It’s possible that these terrible crimes may
have distracted studios and audiences from her formidable talents and screen skills. A whole new role Jennifer Hudson got engaged to David Otunga,
a former pro-wrestler in the WWE, in 2008 and in 2009, she announced the couple was
expecting their first child together. Despite being pregnant, Jennifer continued
with her workload and even went on tour with Robin Thicke in May. However, she disappointed fans after later
cancelling tour dates due to “throat fatigue.” Hudson gave birth to David Junior just two
months later in August 2009, and fell off the celebrity radar by taking time off to
focus on being a mother. Diet diva Hudson took it easy after the birth of her
first child, and rightly so. However, her failure to land movie roles or
release music didn’t go unnoticed by Hollywood, and her fame began to dissipate. She looked to get back into the limelight
by becoming the face of Weight Watchers in 2010, and told Oprah Winfrey she had lost
56 pounds and didn’t plan on losing any more. However, fans were concerned for her well-being
after she debuted a very slim figure in February 2011, revealing she had lost a total of 80
pounds. Losing the musical muscle Jennifer Hudson released her second album,
I Remember Me, in 2011, and it debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number two. However, only one single, “Where You At,”
was a hit. Hudson later reinvented herself for her next
studio release. With a new haircut and edgier style, she enlisted
the help of Timbaland and Pharrell Williams for her third album, JHUD in 2014. Disappointingly, it was a flop, selling a
mere 24,000 copies in the first week of its release — a significantly lower figure than
the 165,000 that her previous album had sold in its first week. Billboard even suggested her Oscar win in
2009, and her focus on becoming a brand, was damaging her music career. Taking the stage Shaking off her music career failures, Hudson
focused on acting. With her powerful voice and focused determination,
it was no surprise when she made her Broadway debut with a role in the hugely successful
revival of The Color Purple in 2015. However, she later accused the production
of casting her just because she was a celebrity, seemingly affecting her chances of being cast
again in a Broadway show. Hudson went on to carve out a TV career, guest
starring in Lee Daniels’ TV show Empire in 2015, and later playing Motormouth Maybelle
in NBC’s Hairspray Live! in 2016. Time for a turnaround If anyone can overcome adversity, it’s Jennifer
Hudson. “Know that whether you win or not you still
have the prize which is your talent and you can still make it.” And it looks like she’s ready to make a real
career resurgence now. She signed to Epic Records in 2016 and plans
to release her fourth studio album soon. She also landed a role opposite Adam Sandler
in the Netflix comedy Sandy Wexler. The former American Idol star has also returned
to her talent show roots, becoming a judge on the U.K. version of The Voice, alongside
will.i.am, Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale. In other words, her career is still very much
in play, even if she’s still not quite reaching greatest hits status at the moment. Give it time. “I worked for that, okay?!” Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to
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100 Comments

  1. Lavern Scott Author

    Am not a fan of fenifer hudson for some reason her perspmility for me i dont dig it sory poor thing i. I dont mean she is poor i know she rich but to lost your mother in such a hortible way very sad

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  2. Julia Wood Author

    Her attitude her behavior all that plays apart. I'm not surprised I don't blame them for not one to cast her or anything in Hollywood. I really think in my heart and my soul deep down that she is a part of what happened to her family . I think something what's going on with him and the aunt's boyfriend . she is holding a deep dark secret and only she knows that .after all I am entitled to my opinion and that's my opinion. when she made it her head got too big for, her mind spread wide then Eagles wing. I also feel that the boyfriend has something to do with her getting to the point where she is. Her behavior is a behavior of someone that has a dark path and cannot deal with it. Once again that's my opinion. Freedom of speech

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  3. Milan Maddox Author

    Wtf she's doing just fine but if Hollywood can get out of Bee/Jay.ass they can focus on other talented actors this woman can sing an move a crowd to their feet.

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  4. Gunny King Author

    Let's see, she will be in two movies and she's on both the UK in 2018. I think it would be difficult to find someone who is more successful in all areas of the entertainment business. I think you need to go back as far as Barbara Streisand.

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  5. crystal vouse Author

    i used to wanna be famous but all these ppl have one thing in common their personal lives suck . so i feel wow my life isn't so bad fame isnt everything its happiness

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  6. eth3realdivine3 Author

    Because she is a pawn of the devil and the Illuminati. They clearly deceived her and she deceived us. She sacrificed nearly her entire immediate family for fame & still didn’t get the fame that she deserved. Once you sell your soul it’s a wrap.

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  7. Danny Author

    My sister was in the same grade as her nephew, I remember they put a plaque that said it was reserved for him at an auditorium chair at my sister's graduation, Jennifer Hudson came to our school, she and the mom of the kid received his diploma it was pretty sad.

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  8. Jae Jae Author

    Bullshit!!!
    Her family tragedy had NOTHING to do with her fame or lac there of. Unnecessary to mention.

    Shes actually quite busy around the world & She’s also just taking some time out after the failing of her marriage to take care of herself n her son.
    As many have done.

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  9. Gunny King Author

    Right now she is working on two iconic movies this year: Cats and the Aretha Bio. What other singer is doing that? I think GaGa will try though.

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  10. a l l i s f u l l o f l o v e Author

    She’s not slutty enough in today’s music industry and she believes in fairytales too much. She keeps saying “Jesus” and in that industry it’s a big no no.

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  11. Kiefer De Guzman Author

    Well now shes about to do Aretha Franklin Biopick and also tthe Cats movie..so better keep quiet and watch her. She might again win an oscar and a grammy after this…shes great no matter what u say

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  12. Jesus Aguirre Author

    I don't really care what they say about her, everybody knows that she's a great Singer and we know that she need to prepare more to learn to act but she can whatever she wants cuz she has talent!

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  13. Whitney Houston Author

    She is one of the best singers in the world we can put her in list with Aretha franklin and Gloria gaynore and Whitney Houston

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  14. Yolanda Ntini Author

    I love Jennifer no matter wat, she has one of the best voices, u rock gilr, the world always has its own standards keep yours

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  15. Timothy Black Author

    Now she is starring as “Aretha Franklin” in the upcoming movie. Let’s not forget she is now a International Star in 2019.

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  16. Ameachel Grace Author

    Poor Jennifer..she know she belong SERVING JESUS CHRIST ..she just have to keep up with her debt to Satan..she also know how to repent and finally have true peace..AND JESUS CHRIST PROTECTION THATS PRICELESS…FOR HER AND FAMILY..AND FUTURE OF HER CHILDREN.

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  17. Sky One Author

    Jennifer is doing fine. You need to be researching what happened to the winner that year Fantasia. She gets less Hollywood jobs than Jennifer. And what happened to Ruben Studdard?

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  18. Nasus Yad Author

    Enjoy all that you have already accomplished Jennifer and enjoy every moment of being married and a mama . beauty fades , records get put on the shelf . You are an overcomer and Jesus loves you .Nothing left to prove !!! Just enjoy .

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  19. Patricia Carpenter Author

    You still didnt give us a clear assessment of why Hollywood won't cast Jen in any what?…Films…movies? Shit, to me Jennifer can do anything she wants to. Well she may be around a lot of low untalented people who really dont now how or where to place her. Jen is a powerful force all by herself…F Hollywood!!!!😊

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  20. Linda Jackson Author

    Hi edagdwg thanks for why are you making her feel bad God bless her some time you have to stay free be yourself not a robot Linda j ☮️❤️ ❤️💯 💯

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  21. LDLQ1 Author

    Despite her undeniable amazing talent, I think part of her original appeal was the fact that she was a chubby girl, therefore, more relatable (for me at least). It is kind of what happens with some comedians when they lose weight, they also lose part of what made them charming.

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  22. Tiffany Tabb Author

    One of Chi-towns finest! Nothing about her is a failure she is a GREAT idol that everyone here in Chicago loves. She always gives back and has never forgotten where she came from

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  23. lancelot wilson Author

    It seems that being SELF-RELIANT is a big problem for black people who called themselves americans. For unlike your counterparts in NIgeria who have established a successful movie industry (NOLLYWOOD) black folks in america are still begging white people to give them a break in hollywood and it's NOT going to happen because the MEDIA is an influential FORCE. Do your own thing and stop bothering white people.

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  24. fordie 58 Author

    She sold her soul to the devil for 15 minutes of fortune and fame.  She lost quite a few members of her family as a result.  Then she tried to repent.  You cannot repent without a soul.  Her soul has been taken.  What you see of her remnants will now be clones.  Her 15 minutes have long been over.  Your prayers are deeply needed for the salvation of that woman's soul, if it is indeed possible by now.  Enough has been said here!

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  25. Jessica Buntz Author

    she's doing 2 movies cat's and the aretha franklin movie respect. she has an oscar, grammy's golden globe she has nothing too prove and hopefully there's more in her future too come. so please stop it with the reverse psychology and the discouraging thing because it's not working.people isn't stupid, tell whoever is paying you too lie they must be really threathen by her. remember when you start drama there's going be karma. live and let live. enough said, period.

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