Jussie Smollett Will Not Return To ‘Empire’ For Season 6

The ‘Fox’ show ‘Empire’ has just been officially renewed for season 6, Jussie Smollett will not be returning. Fox said, “By mutual agreement the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for Jamal to return to Empire.” This according to an insider was the network’s way of giving Smollett a settlement, and ‘telling him his presence is no longer needed on the show.’ A source said the producers were told that the show would be canceled if Smollett wasn’t fired.’

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The embattled actor’s team also released a statement, “ We’ve been told Jussie will not be on ‘Empire’ in the beginning of the season. But he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal’s future
open. Most importantly he is grateful to ‘Fox’ and ‘Empire’ leadership,cast, crew and fans for their unwavering support.”Smollett was released from the final two episodes of season five. The production team saying at the time, “While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out.” The statement went on to say ‘in order to avoid any kind of disruption with the cast and crew, it was best for everyone.’

Last week the show’s creator and producer Lee Daniels was asked if Smollett was going to be coming back. Daniels said, “we are having conversations right now, so we will see.” Smollett was accused of staging a racist homophobic attack on himself in January in Chicago. The actor was arrested and charged with filing a false police report. The charges were dropped in March, however the DA said that Smollett was not attacked and that he staged the entire incident. Smollett was ordered to waive his $10,000 bail and do community service. He is currently being sued by the City of Chicago for the cost of the investigation.

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