When an actor leaves a television show suddenly, wildfire rumors generally follow. Television fans are passionate. They want to know every single detail that leads to the decision to write a character out of a hit show. Were they written out? Was it a pay issue? Do they not get along with the rest of the cast? No matter how many times people are reminded that actors are just people and a role in a TV show, at the end of the day, is just a job, they can't help but dream up some drama surrounding it.
For quite a while, there has been speculation that actor, Jussie Smollett, would not return for the final season of Empire, and it appears that that's now been made official.
Even if you don't watch Empire, you may be familiar with Smollett's name and the scandal that surrounded him recently. Keep reading to find out more about what's going on with his role in Empire.
Jussie Smollett is an American actor and singer.
He also appeared in Alien: Covenant as a character named Ricks.
But he's probably best known for his role in Fox's Empire.
It's a thrilling, dramatic, and juicy show.Empire has a stellar cast of extremely talented actors.
Terrence Howard plays the lead role of Lucious Lyon.Lucious Lyon is a former drug dealer and current CEO of "Empire Entertainment".
And then there's Cookie...Played by the incredibly talented Taraji P. Henson. Cookie is a fan-favorite amongst Empire loyalists. She's the wife of Lucious Lyon and the mother of his three sons.
Bryshere Y. Gray plays Hakeem Lyon, the youngest son of Cookie and Lucious.He's Lucious' favorite child, and pretty much obsessed with fame.
Trai Byers plays Andre Lyon, the eldest son.Trai serves as the CFO of Empire Entertainment. He's a power-hungry man who plans to run Empire Entertainment.
And Jussie Smollett plays Jamal Lyon, the middle son.Jamal is a successful gay singer-songwriter. The character has garnered critical acclaim for its positive portrayal of a gay black man on television.
Smollett has been in the role since the beginning of the show, but it appears as though his run has come to an end.On Tuesday, a report circulated stating that writers were preparing for the sixth, and last, season of the show and that Smollett was returning.
But creator, Lee Daniels, quickly shut that down in a tweet.
@Variety @Variety @JoeOtterson This is not factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire. -LD— Lee Daniels (@Lee Daniels)1559690639.0