‘No Plans’ For Jussie Smollett To Return To Empire
“Empire” just got renewed for season 6, but, Jussie Smollett is not confirmed to return.
According to a statement from 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment, “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.'”
As we reported, Jussie’s return to the hit show has been unclear following the accusations that he faked a hate crime on himself. The city of Chicago is currently going after the actor for $130,000 in investigative costs.
“Empire’ continues to break barriers with its emotionally powerful storytelling, and it remains a core part of the FOX legacy,” Fox President Michael Thorn said.
“We want to thank everyone on the show – Taraji, Terrence and the entire cast, as well as Lee, Danny, Brett, Sanaa, Brian, Francie, Dennis and their teams – all of whom have done a tremendous job this season. We know there are so many more stories to tell, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for Season Six.”
Reps for Jussie have not yet commented. His character Jamal appeared for the last time this season, as he walked down the aisle to get married. It is not clear how Jamal’s absence will be portrayed in the future.