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". That's true and it's a whole 'nother story.
"By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett's option for season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to 'Empire, '" Fox said in the statement.
Fox executive Charlie Collier said Fox is doubling down on their decision to not include Smollett in the final season of the show. Here's what we know about that and the final season of Empire.
On the show, Henson and Howard star as Cookie and Lucious Lyon, a married couple who head an ever drama-plagued musical empire.
For its final season, the show will return to its original Tuesday airdate, in direct competition with NBC juggernaut This Is Us.
"We are turning the final season of Empire into a large television event".
The actor told police that the primary attacker "was wearing a ski mask that covered his entire face, with the exception of the area around his eyes, by which (Smollett) could tell the attacker was white-skinned", according to a civil lawsuit field by the city of Chicago. "One of the benefits of announcing a final season is you allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve".
Approximately two weeks after it was revealed Fox had renewed it, multiple reports stated Fox wouldn't be renewing it for another season beyond its sixth. "We feel really good about what we're doing with it", he continued.
At the time of the renewal announcement, there were "no plans" for the actor to return as Jamal Lyon, though Smollett's contract had been extended to keep the option open.
"At this point, we have no plans for that", Collier said.
Empire was hit by low-ratings during its season finale, which some people believe has to do with Jussie Smollett, although, that hasn't been substantiated and it can't be either.
"Empire continues to break barriers with its emotionally powerful storytelling, and it remains a core part of the Fox legacy", said Fox Entertainment's president of entertainment, Michael Thorn.