(AllHipHop News) Following the weeks-long drama surrounding a supposed fake hate crime assault, all the disorderly conduct charges against Jussie Smollett were eventually dropped. As a result of that situation, his character was removed from the final two episodes of Empire this season and it appears Jamal Lyon will not be back next season either.
Fox has renewed the drama for a sixth installment, but Smollett is not likely to return to the series. Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television reportedly negotiated a contract extension option with the actor for season six, but the studio currently has no plans to have Jamal on Empire in future episodes.
Smollett's spokesperson told Variety, “We’ve been told that Jussie will not be on Empire in the beginning of the season but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal’s future open. Most importantly he is grateful to Fox and Empire leadership, cast, crew, and fans for their unwavering support.”
Members of the show's cast, including Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, called on Fox to bring Jussie Smollett back for the sixth season of Empire. The 36-year-old musician still maintains he did not lie about being attacked by two men in January.