According to a report claiming that Jussie Smollett would return to "Empire" in the sixth and final season, co-creator and executive producer of the series, Lee Daniels, immediately stopped all speculation. On Tuesday, Daniels went on Twitter to respond to a tweet from Variety, which read: "The & # 39; empires are getting ready for Jussie Smollett's return in season six." A story was attached to the accompanying article.
"This is not factual, Jussie will NOT return to the Empire -LD," Daniels wrote, immediately dispelling all the rumors.
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A 20th Century Fox Television spokesman made no comment when it was reached by Fox News.
Fox announced this in May The hit drama would end after Season 6 and there were still no plans to bring Smollett's character back.
A month earlier, Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV issued a statement saying, "By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension of Jussie Smollett's sixth season option, but there are no plans at the time for Jamal's return to & # 39; Empire & # 39 ;. "
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At the time Spoiled Spokesman Smollett's spokesman from the final episodes of season five told Fox News, "We've been told that Jussie will not be in the Empire at the start of the season, but he estimates that they have extended his contract Most importantly, he is grateful to the leadership of Fox and Empire, cast, crew and fans for their unwavering support. "
In February, Smollett was charged with a hate crime attack in Chicago He has decisively rejected the allegations and upheld his innocence.Afterwards, the prosecutors dropped all 1
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Daniels joined Smollett while the 36-year-old faced a legal drama for his role in the alleged hoax. In April, the 59-year-old television and film writer for Smollett said he wanted the actor to know he always had a support system.
"What I'm learning right now, I can not judge that this judgment is for this man wearing this black cloak with a hammer and God. I can only support him because he's like my son, he's my son, so I'm with him, I can only support him and give him compassion, "Daniels told Extra.
Fox News & # 39; Julius Young, Tyler McCarthy, and Jennifer Earl contributed to this report.