Empire Is Returning With A Season 6, BUT Without Jussie Smollett

Empire Is Returning With A Season 6, BUT Without Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 26: Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Courthouse after his court appearance on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. This morning in court it was announced that all charges were dropped against the actor. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Photo credit: Getty / Nuccio DiNuzzo

If you’re an “Empire” fan, you’re in luck! Fox announced there will be a season 6, BUT! Jussie Smollett’s character, Jamal, won’t be in it…Fox stated, “By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire.’”

So basically, he’s on standby. Weird right? It’s possible the studios are waiting to see how the civil suit against the actor will go. The City of Chicago is suing the actor for the resources used investigating his attack they claim is fake. But if it comes out that he wasn’t lying, maybe Fox will have him back…?

Now the real question is, is Jussie still getting paid by Fox? By “extending his option,” Jussie has to be receiving some type of payment for the contract. If he’s on standby, then he may not be able to take on another gig. Hmm. What’s really going on?

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