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Empire creator Lee Daniels says Jussie Smollett will not be returning to the Fox drama for its sixth and final season, disputing a report that the actor would make a Season 6 appearance.
After Variety reported Tuesday that Empire's writers are breaking the final season with the expectation that character, Jamal, will return for the back half of the 18-episode season, Daniels tweeted, "This is not factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire."
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Empire showrunners wrote Jamal out of Season 5 amidst the prolonged scandal surrounding an alleged hate crime against Smollett. In January, Smollett claimed he was the victim of a homophobic and racially charged attack. After weeks of investigation, Chicago police accused Smollett of faking the alleged hate crime, and...
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