According to a report from Deadline.com, Jussie Smollett probably won’t be returning back to Empire this year, although that hasn’t been officially confirmed by anybody with authority. However, one thing that is known for certain is that the 6th season of Empire will be its last.
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. Collier said they’re trying to make it a big TV event, in an attempt to have the series go out “guns blazing.”
When reporters asked Collier about the possibility of Jussie Smollett returning to the set of Empire, he dodged the question and replied with terminology that sounded a lot like their most recent press release, specifically the one that came out last month.
Collier said to journalists that “there is an option” to have him back for the sixth season, but at the moment, there aren’t any plans for such an endeavor. Moreover, the writers’ room for the sixth season hasn’t been opened yet either.
As it was previously reported, Jussie Smollett was removed from the cast of Empire following the controversy he faced earlier this year, which sparked a federal investigation against the Chicago prosecutor, Kim Foxx, who is apparently being ordered to appear in court.
Jussie Smollett allegedly paid two Nigerian-American men to attack him, essentially wasting hours of the police’s time and taxpayer dollars. Following Kim Foxx’s dropping of all sixteen felony counts of lying to the police, there was widespread outrage, including from the mayor of Chicago, the police superintendent, as well as the commander.
Empire was hit by low-ratings during its season finale, which some people believe has to do with Jussie Smollett, although, that hasn’t been substantiated and it can’t be either. 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.