Jussie Smollett's Empire Future Confirmed: Embattled Actor Will Not Return for Final Season, Says Fox
Why did Fox extend embattled Empire star Jussie Smollett‘s contract through the sixth and final season if producers never intended to bring him back? Fox’s top exec clarified the seemingly counter-intuitive move on Wednesday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour. READ MORE
Jussie Smollett Not Returning to Empire, Lee Daniels Confirms
Jamal Lyon’s Empire reign has officially ended: Embattled cast member Jussie Smollett will not be returning to the Fox drama, co-creator Lee Daniels stated emphatically on Tuesday. READ MORE
Empire Renewed for Season 6 at Fox; 'No Plans' for Jussie Smollett to Return
Fox’s Empire will strike back for another year, with the network renewing the music-tinged soap for Season 6 — but without embattled star Jussie Smollett. READ MORE
How Did Empire Write Out Jamal?
Empire took an unorthodox approach to ejecting Jussie Smollett‘s Jamal from the show: it didn’t! Wednesday’s nuptial-themed episode, which served as Smollett’s Season 5 swan song READ MORE
Empire Cast Urges Fox to Bring Back Jussie Smollett for Potential Season 6: 'We Must Stand Together as a Family'
Just a few hours before Jussie Smollett‘s final Empire episode of the season airs on Fox, his co-stars have penned a letter of support, asking the network to keep Smollett on the show for a potential sixth season. READ MORE
Empire: Jamal Struggles With Pre-Wedding Jitters in Jussie Smollett's Final Season 5 Episode — WATCH
Jamal and Kai’s nuptials encounter a few potential hitches on this week’s Empire — not the least of which is the former’s super-syrupy wedding vows. READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO
Chris Rock Pokes Fun at Jussie Smollett at NAACP Image Awards: 'You Ain't Gettin' No Respect From Me' — Watch
Presenter Chris Rock addressed the elephant in the room at Saturday’s NAACP Image Awards, where he cracked wise about Jussie Smollett just four days after prosecutors dropped all charges against the Empire star READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO
Trump Calls On FBI, DOJ to Investigate Jussie Smollett Case: 'It Is an Embarrassment to Our Nation'
On Thursday, President Donald Trump implored the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to take a closer look at the “outrageous” Jussie Smollett case, referring to READ MORE
Empire Losing Two Cast Members?
As renewed speculation swirls around the fate of Jussie Smollett‘s Jamal in the wake of the actor’s controversial legal victory, this week’s Empire raised the specter of another major cast departure. READ MORE
Taraji P. Henson Talks Jussie Smollett's Dropped Charges: 'The Truth Prevailed'
Jussie Smollett‘s on-screen mother said she never believed he orchestrated a hate crime against himself and expressed joy Tuesday that all charges against her Empire co-star had been dropped. READ MORE