Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV wrote Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, out of the final two episodes of the show's fifth season amid his legal troubles and confirmed late last month there were "no plans" for him to return. That's true and it's a whole 'nother story. "If you look at what we're doing with Empire. we really are trying to go out guns a-blazing", Collier said (via Entertainment Tonight). One of the great benefits of announcing the final season is that it actually allows fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.
"By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett's option for season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to 'Empire, '" Fox said in the statement. As a result of the controversy surrounding the investigation, Smollett was written out of the final two episodes of Season 5. The charges were dropped.
Since last season, Empire has lost approximately half of its viewing audience, most likely due in part to the Smollett fracas. Here's what we know about that and the final season of Empire.
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Empire is coming to an end.
Both of these series will be missed, but we're sure Daniels and the casts and producers of both shows will be back with new projects very soon.
Fox's second new fall drama is "Not Just Me", which will air out of the unscripted hit "The Masked Singer" in the Wednesday 9 p.m. slot recently vacated by "Star". The ensuing friction might be one reason that Fox is less than enthusiastic about dealing with Empire for more than one more season regardless which way they go on Smollett.