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Just a few hours before Jussie Smollett‘s final Empire episode of the season airs on Fox, his co-stars have penned a letter of support, asking the network to keep Smollett on the show for a potential sixth season.
Terrence Howard (Lucious), Taraji P. Henson (Cookie), Bryshere Y. Gray (Hakeem), Trai Byers (Andre), Gabourey Sidibe (Becky) and Nicole Ari Parker (Giselle) co-signed the letter, which was addressed to Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, Disney Television Studios chairwoman Dana Walden and Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn. Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong are also addressed, as are several executive producers on the show.
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“Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire,” the letter, which was obtained by our sister site Deadline, reads. The note goes on to call Smollett “honest” and “filled with integrity,” before detailing his many years of activism and charitable work.
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“It’s clearer every day that the extreme political climate in our country has only made our system of justice and the court of public opinion more unjust,” the cast continues. “It is why now, more than ever, we must stand together as a family… It’s our hope that together we will move into our sixth season as the entire Empire family should.”
In March, Chicago prosecutors suddenly dropped all charges against Smollett. At the time, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said they were “gratified” to learn of Smollett’s release, but there have not been any further developments regarding Smollett’s employment on the show.
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Smollett’s final Season 5 episode, “Never Doubt I Love,” airs tonight at 8/7c on Fox. Read the Empire cast’s letter in full below:
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