Jussie Smollett will not be returning for the final season of “Empire”.
Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier confirmed the news at the TCAs on Wednesday.
“As much as anything in cases like this, and they’re all so unique, you try gather all the information,” he said, according to TV Line. “You try to make a good decision at the time. Series creator Lee [Daniels] is right. There’s no plans for Jussie to return to ‘Empire’.”
The actor was also written out of the final episode of the show’s fifth season this past spring after he was charged with staging a hoax hate crime attack against himself in Chicago.
Smollett’s contract was extended when “Empire” was renewed for a sixth and final season in May, but the network said at the time there were “no plans” to have him back.
Co-creator Lee Daniels also shutdown rumours over the summer that there were plans to have Smollett return.
As for what went into the decision, Collier explained it was “Just time and information and conversations with all the right people.”
He continued, “A lot of television depends on when the writers room is back and all that. We worked with 20th very closely to just make sure we gathered every piece of information we could, did the right thing, and then put the show back together.”