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Empire Ending After Season 6, No Plans To Bring Jussie Smollett Back

14 May 2019

"You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve", he added.

Collier said the network aimed to turn the show's final season "into a large television event", with "Empire" moving to a new night and time - airing at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays following Fox's medical drama "The Resident". Before Jussie's controversy, Empire was going strong, but it's clear the show will no longer go on, most likely due to his reported behavior.

Season six will see Empire return to its original Tuesday timeslot and the drama will surpass the 100 episode mark.

Approximately two weeks after it was revealed Fox had renewed it, multiple reports stated Fox wouldn't be renewing it for another season beyond its sixth. The actor told Chicago police in January that he had been attacked by two individuals who yelled racist and homophobic slurs, but authorities later said Smollett had staged the attack.

As Variety notes, Collier was asked if the news means Smollett's character, Jamal, will return for a final farewell.

"There's an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that", Collier said, according to Deadline. But the divestiture of the 20th Century Fox Television studio also diminishes the relative importance of shows that had once made a killing on the backend; as such, the value of once seemingly bulletproof properties such as "Empire" has been greatly diminished.

Fox announced Monday that music drama "Empire's" recently announced sixth season will be the show's last. The charges were dropped in exchange for the forfeiture of Smollett's $10,000 bond, and while his contract option with the show has since been extended, there are no plans to bring him back for the final season.

Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Andre Royo, Rhyon Nicole Brown, and Nicole Ari Parker.

Smollett was one of the main stars of the show before being axed, and the actor expressed hope that he would be able to rejoin the show.

The final round of the musical series is slated to be filled with "drama, shocking surprises and more jaw-dropping moments" as fans prepare to say their goodbyes to the Lyon family, including patriarch and Empire Records owner Lucious Lyon-played by Terrance Howard-and Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon.

Empire Ending After Season 6, No Plans To Bring Jussie Smollett Back