‘Empire’ Cancelled! … After Season Six and Still ‘No Plans’ for Jussie Smollet

Brenda Watkins
May 14, 2019

Caught between lower than expected ratings and the costs of doing business with a former corporate sibling, the Star and Proven Innocent cancellations, painful as they were for those concerned, were pretty straightforward. 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.

Smollett has starred on "Empire" since the show's start in 2015.

Now going into the last season, there are questions about actor Jussie Smollett and if he will now be returning to the show to bid a final farewell as Jamal. The actor was reportedly dropped from the show after being arrested. "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 statement.

Ratings for the show dropped with Smollett embroiled in the controversy stemming from the actor allegedly being attacked in downtown Chicago on January 29 in the middle of the frigid polar vortex.

Former Illinois appellate Judge Sheila O'Brien had asked for a special prosecutor to examine why the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped charges against the Empire star. "I think I just want what's best for the show, so we'll see what that is as we move forward", he said.

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

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At the time of the renewal announcement, there were "no plans" for the actor to return as Jamal Lyon, though Smollett's contract had been extended to keep the option open. A lot of them 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. Empire is done after one more run.

It also might be why they shifted Empire to a new slot.

Viewers had been tuning in on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., but Season 6 will air on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

He allegedly hired brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, who also are black, to stage an assault on him and make it look like a hate crime, according to authorities.

On the sports side of the spectrum, Fox Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks said that conversations with likely Super Bowl LIV advertisers are already underway.

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