Fox Announces EMPIRE Will End After Season 6

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Smollet stopped filming ahead of the final two episodes of Season 5 after he was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct in March.

Since last season, Empire has lost approximately half of its viewing audience, most likely due in part to the Smollett fracas.

Fox announced that the drama-filled series' upcoming sixth season will be the show's last.

Fox confirmed that the sixth season of Empire will be the final.

During the network's Upfronts conference call on Monday morning, Fox executives reiterated that while actor Jussie Smollett's contract has been renewed through next season, there are "no plans" at this time for the character of Jamal to return to Empire.




"Empire" was a boon for Fox in its early seasons, with unprecedented ratings growth that prompted (often tone-deaf) discussions about the value of diverse programming. "One of the great benefits of announcing a final season announce have the fans lean in have the finale they desire".

Also on the fall slate is the new animated comedy "Bless the Harts", which takes the 8:30 p.m. Sunday slot immediately after "The Simpsons".

The axing of Empire follows the cancelling of co-creator Daniels' 20th Century Fox TV produced Star on May 10 after three seasons, which Collier today called "difficult". However, the fate of Jussie Smollett remains unclear.

Police determined Smollett set up the attack and paid the brothers - who both acted in small roles on "Empire" - $3,500 to carry out the supposed beating. Despite ending several shows led by or prominently featuring black actors, Collier said diversity was an ongoing effort at Fox. "Most importantly he is grateful to Fox and "Empire" leadership, cast, crew and fans for their unwavering support".

According to Bang Showbiz, the actor told Chicago police in January that he had been attacked by two men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs, but authorities later said Smollett had staged the attack.

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