"Empire" will return for its final season this fall, but Jussie Smollett's future in the show is unclear. Chicago PD accused Smollett of staging an attack in which he said two masked men beat him, hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, doused him with a chemical substance and put a rope around his neck.
Fox only renewed Empire for Season 6 last month, but now Deadline reports it will be the series' final batch of episodes, too.
Upon the announcement of Season 6, it was revealed that there were "no plan" for Jussie Smollett to return to the show in light of the controversy surrounding his allegedly staged hate crime in Chicago. In announcing the end point for Empire, it was confirmed once again that Smollett is not set to appear in the final season. "There’s an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that," Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier explained.