Charlie Collier, CEO of Fox Entertainment, has confirmed that Jussie Smollett would not return for the upcoming sixth and final season of “Empire.”
This is coming after the actor was accused of faking a hate crime despite his contract renewal.
Collier, who made this known at the 2019 Television Critics Association summer press tour, said they announced his contract renewal along with the sixth and final season renewal because Fox was still gathering “all the information” in an effort “to make a good decision at the time.”
But Collier reiterated Lee Daniels’ previous comments and said, “Lee’s right there are no plans for Jussie to return to Empire.”
“..typically it’s about gathering right info and making sure we’re making the right decisions.”
Smollett, who has played musician Jamal Lyon since Empire debuted in 2015, was indicted back in March with 16 counts of disorderly conduct 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.
It was also claimed that Smollett paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 to orchestrate the incident.