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Jussie Smollett Will NEVER Return to Empire, Co-Creator Vows
Despite controversy, the cast of Empire has been pushing for the return of Jussie Smollett in the show's final season.
Those who stand by him and believe that he was framed cheered when a report said that writers were planning his return.
Empire Has Been Renewed. But Has Jussie Smollett Been Canceled?
Fox has some good news for fans of Empire and also for embattled star Jussie Smollet:
First, for viewers of this intense drama, the network has decided to renew it for a sixth season.
Empire Cast Pushes for Return of Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett appeared on his final Empire Season 5 episode last night.
His character of Jamal got married and was seemingly given a happy send-off -- if, indeed, this installment also marked Smollett's final appearance on the Fox drama overall.
Jussie Smollett Was Framed and Defamed by Police, Argues Brother
At the very end of January, reports shared that Jussie Smollett had been the victim of a brutal hate crime.
He was later arrested on suspicion that he had staged his own attack, though prosecutors dropped all charges against him.
Jussie Smollett: Dropped Charges Have Empire Cast Fiercely Divided
This case has had more twists and turns than your average episode of Law & Order.
In the latest surprise, prosecutors dropped all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday. But he can't just return to his old life.
Lee Daniels Talks Pain, Anger in Wake of Jussie Smollett Scandal
Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to All Charges; Now What?!?
Jussie Smollett made a pair of returns this week.
First, the actor appeared on Empire Wednesday night for the first time since he was arrested and charged with multiple felonies.
Terrence Howard to Jussie Smollett: Just Tell Us the TRUTH!
Even before Jussie Smollett was fired from the rest of the season of Empire, things were tense with his castmates.
There had already been very credible reports that some of Jussie's castmates hadn't wanted anything to do with him.
Jussie Smollett Receives Outpouring of Love After Hate Crime Beating
Jussie Smollett: Empire Actor Brutally Beaten in Hate Crime
Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of Fox's smash hit Empire, came out publicly as gay in 2015.
He has now been the target of a vicious hate crime that appears to have been motivated both by his race and sexuality.
Empire Recap: Faking It
Lucious Lyon has been the icy family patriarch for the last few years on Empire, so we're glad he's finally getting a comeuppance for all of the crap he's pulled.
When Empire Season 4 Episode 1 got underway, Lucious was all over the place. His amnesia had royally knocked his socks off, and he did not know much about his family.
Empire Recap: Did Someone Die?
After another season of Lyon family drama, Empire Season 3 Episode 18 closed off most of the central plot of the series in a shocking way.
When the episode got underway, Lucious got a phone call from his mother, Leah in the wake of her murdering Tariq in cold blood.
Empire Recap: A Gruesome Death
Empire has been struggling to keep up the pace in the drama department this season, but things always seem to take a turn for the better when a character dies.
On Empire Season 3 Episode 17, Cookie rallied up her team to cause some drama at Leviticus Vegas. When the episode got underway, Cookie, Candace, and Carol make their way into the venue.
Empire Recap: It's WAR!
Did the Lyons manage to take down the Dubois family?
That was their plan on Empire Season 3 Episode 16 when baby Bella was taken from them, and the families waged war against one another.
Empire Recap: Angelo Goes After The Lyons!
Did Angelo and his mother manage to take down the Lyons?
That was their plan on Empire Season 3 Episode 15, in the wake of Angelo accidentally revealing all his illegal activity to the world.
Empire Season 3 Episode 15: Watch Online!
Empire Season 3 Episode 15 was titled "Civil Hands Unclear."
As for what went down on this intense installment of the beloved Fox drama?
Empire Recap: Love Is a Smoke
Will Cookie and Lucious ever be able to make their relationship work?
That was one of the bigger questions on Empire Season 3 Episode 14 when it became apparent they worked better with other people.
Empire Recap: Is Lucious Dying?!?
Empire has staged a comeback in Season 3, with storylines that are actually coherent and make us care for the characters.
On Empire Season 3 Episode 13, Lucious was shocked to hear that his condition was deteriorating and he was treated from his bed because he was not strong enough to go outside.