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

L-R Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard in the

According to reports, Fox has announced that they are canceling "Empire" after season 6. Despite ending several shows led by or prominently featuring black actors, Collier said diversity was an ongoing effort at Fox.

Collier's announcement comes as a Chicago judge is slated to decide if a special prosecutor is needed to investigate why the state prosecutor's office dropped charges accusing Smollett of staging the attack.

Fox announced Monday that the upcoming sixth season of "Empire" will be its last.

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.

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.

"As the series enters its final season, one thing is for sure, the Lyons never go out without a bang", the network said in a release.

Now that we know Season 6 will be Empire's last season, fans are wondering if Smollett is going to return at all. Majority lined up publicly behind Smollett, most notably lead actors Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henderson, but some spoke anonymously with reporters about their unhappiness with Smollett.

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"We're turning the final season of Empire into a large television event".

The series recently aired the Season 5 finale after writing the embattled star out of the final episodes.

Fox said in a statement on April 30 that "Empire" would be renewed for the sixth season.

That makes Tuesday 9 PM look like a pretty good graveyard in which they can lay Empire's bones.

The executive then said that there were no plans for Smollett's return.

While Fox's programming team wants to assure advertisers that it has in no way junked its scripted series development, the network's increased emphasis on live sports has made it more hard for new projects to crack its primetime lineup. "Masked Singer" will get a workout next season with a third season bowing behind the Super Bowl on February 2.

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