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Last week, Fox announced that Jussie Smollett's Empire character, Jamal Lyon, would not be returning for the show's sixth season. The studio extended the actor's contract, and he will be getting paid for the season, but his character will not appear.
However, that is not sitting well with the 36-year-old actor's co-stars as they believe the actor should make a full return to the show.
TMZ - Taraji - P - Henson - Terrence
According to TMZ, Taraji P Henson and Terrence Howard are among cast members requesting his reinstatement.
The outlet reported, 'as soon as the announcement was made, Jussie's costars got busy contacting Empire brass and pushing for his return.'
Fox - Announcement - Smollett - Statement - Tuesday
Fox made their announcement regarding Smollett via statement on Tuesday: 'By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire,' reported by Variety.
A rep for Smollett told THR.com: 'We've been told 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.'
Fox - Empire - Leadership - Cast - Crew
'Most importantly he is grateful to Fox and Empire leadership, cast, crew and fans for their unwavering support.'
Smollett's co-stars are pushing for his return because 'the cast feels Jussie's character was an incredibly important part of the show, and they don't feel his return will hurt ratings,' reported TMZ.
Episodes - Empire - Fifth - Season - Jamal
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