By Yetunde Adeyeri
After a lot of speculations, it has finally been confirmed that Jussie Smollett will not appear in the sixth and last season of “Empire’. The 37-year-old plays Jamal in the Series that has been on air since 2015.
The CEO of Fox Entertainment, Charlie Collier, has confirmed that controversial actor, Jussie Smollett, will not be returning to the final season of Empire.
E! News reports that Collier made the confirmation during Fox’s Television Critics Association tour on Wednesday. He indicated that the decision not to bring back Smollett was made in coordination with the network’s partners. Collier also said that many things affected the decision, including discussions with those involved in creating the show.
Smollett, who has played musician Jamal Lyon in Empire series, was earlier arrested for allegedly filing a false report claiming two Nigerian brothers, Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, attacked him in an alleged homophobic and racist hate crime in Chicago.
Chicago Police Command later confirmed that the 37-year-old actor paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 to orchestrate the incident. The charges against him were however dropped at the end of March after he pleaded not guilty to allegations that he lied to police.
And speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (August 7), Collier revealed that Jamal will still be on his honeymoon during season 6, adding that the “story will reflect” his situation.
“You’ll see pictures of him in the background and he’s on his honeymoon in the storyline,” he elaborated (via EW).
“And Lee and the team have talked a lot about what they’re going to do and there are some surprises at the beginning of the season that you’re going to love. I really think Empire is going to go out just on a high.”