As was previously announced, Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television have extended Smollett's option for Season 6, but said at the time of the renewal that there were no plans for him to appear. That's true and it's a whole 'nother story.
Last month, Fox Entertainment announced Smollett would not return to the series next season in the wake of allegations by Chicago officials the actor lied about a supposed racially motivated attack.
"We are turning the final season into a large TV event", said FOX Entertainment CEO, Charlie Collier.
(Smollett and his attorneys have continued to maintain he was the victim of an attack.) Collier said that "there's an option to have Jussie in the series" during the sixth season "but we have no plans for that". The Lyons lost the company in season four and season five saw the clan still trying to reclaim Empire two years later.
Chicago won't have Empire to kick around for much longer ... but they may have Jussie Smollett on hand until then.
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And they returned in February of this year for a mid-season break aimed at laying the foundations for a strong finish. The previous record was set by Javier Mascherano (15).
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Smollet stopped filming ahead of the final two episodes of Season 5 after he was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct in March.
Season six will see Empire return to its original Tuesday timeslot and the drama will surpass the 100 episode mark. "So it is with a start-up mindset and, upon an incredible foundation of assets, that we deliver our first slate of new comedies, dramas and unscripted series", Collier said in a statement.
"We are trying to go out guns a-blazing".
Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Andre Royo, Rhyon Nicole Brown, and Nicole Ari Parker.
But when pressed Monday on whether Smollett would be returning for the final season, Collier said, "At this point, we have no plans for that". Moreover, the writers' room for the sixth season hasn't been opened yet either.
Smollett claimed a pair of masked attackers yelled "this is MAGA country" - a reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" 2016 campaign slogan - put a noose around his neck, and poured a substance that smelled like bleach on him while beating him in a Chicago street around 2 a.m. January 29 in near zero temperatures.