Fox Cancels Empire After Sixth Season With ‘No Plan’ For Jussie Smollett

    Fox has announced that it’s hit drama Empire will be canceled after its upcoming fall season during the network’s recent upfront call.

    What that means for embattled star Jussie Smollett remains to be seen, however, according to the executives who announced the 2019-20 season.

    After a scandal laden year, Smollett had effectively been written off the show in season five.

    Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier says there is an option to have Smollett in the show’s sixth year but there is no plan right now to include him.

    ‘We are turning the final season into a large TV event, we are trying to go out guns a blazing,’ Collier said on the call, according to Deadline.

    Collier says the network wants to give Empire a big send-off and that’s the focus.

    ‘You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve,’ the CEO said.

    Jussie Smollett has played openly gay R&B star Jamal Lyon, the middle son of music big wigs Lucious and Cookie Lyon since the show’s premiere in 2015.

    The actor was written out of the final two episodes of the current season after police in Chicago accused him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself.

    The charges were later dropped after Smollett agreed to do community service and forfeit a $10,000.