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'Empire' Co-Creator Lee Daniels Confirms Jussie Smollett Won't Return

Wednesday Jun 5, 2019

Actor Jussie Smollett won't return for the sixth and final season of "Empire," co-creator Lee Daniels said.

Taking to Twitter Tuesday, Daniels responded to an article from Variety that said "Empire" writers were preparing for Smollett's return. A number of sources told the publication the writing staff was working on ideas for the upcoming season under the expectation that the actor would return to the Fox drama.

Smollett was written off the back half of the show's fifth season after making headlines that he allegedly faked a hate crime against himself in Chicago earlier this year. A number of the stars in "Empire" wrote an open letter to producers, urging Smollett, who is openly gay, to come back for the show's next season.

But Daniels tweeted to Variety that "This is not factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire."


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