JUSSIE SMOLLETT Will NOT Return to ‘Empire’ Next Season

Fox officially renewed “Empire” for a sixth season . . . but it doesn’t sound like JUSSIE SMOLLETT will be back.

A network exec said, quote, “By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie’s option for Season Six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire’.”

Jussie’s people are holding out hope though.  They said, quote, “We’ve been told that Jussie will not be on ‘Empire’ in the beginning of the season, but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal’s future open.”



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