*Jennifer Hudson was one noticeable name missing from the Tony Award nominations recently for her role in the musical revival of “The Color Purple,” based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. And when a concerned fan inquired as to why she was not among the cast mates recognized, she had a straight-forward, yet somewhat alarming answer.
“My presence was used for my celebrity, not my talent. I’m not surprised,” Hudson, 34, tweeted to the fan, according to E! News. Before deleting the tweet, Hudson did respond with a simple “Thank u anyways” to the fan.
Hudson’s “The Color Purple” cast mates, including “Orange Is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo earned nomination for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical and best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical respectively.
The musical was also nominated for best revival of a musical and director John Doyle earned a nod for best direction of a musical.
Hudson did congratulate both nominated cast mates on Instagram saying, “Very proud and overwhelmed to say congrats to @cynthiaerivo @daniebb3 @color purple entire cast on tony nod! One hell of a cast that’s for sure! Proud of u all!”