JUSSIE SMOLLETT WILL NOT RETURN TO FINAL SEASON OF EMPIRE

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According to Lee Daniels, Jussie Smollett will not be returning to Empire for the show’s final season.

On Tuesday afternoon, there was speculation that writers were prepping stories for the sixth and final season with Smollett expected to return for the back half of the 18-episode run, but Daniels quickly took to Twitter to confirm:

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Daniels' tweet is the first indication that Smollett, who was written out of season five due to his recent scandal that trended on every timeline and news outlets, would no longer be back for the final episodes, however, reps for 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment declined to comment.

Hubert Brown Jr