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The next season of the Fox hip-hop drama “Empire” will be its last, the network revealed in a surprise announcement early today.

“We’re turning the final season of Empire into a large television event, we are going out guns-a-blazing. Six years is a pretty remarkable run for a drama series.” Fox Entertainment’s chief executive, Charlie Collier, said in a conference call with the news media.Empire“Empire” became the subject of intense national focus after Smollett said he was attacked by two men shouting homophobic slurs in the middle of the night in Chicago in late January.

Collier was also asked if the news means Smollett’s character, Jamal, will return for a final farewell. He explained that there are no such plans, but that it’s possible.“At this point, we have no plans for that,” Collier said. “The writer’s room for next season hasn’t even gathered yet.”

“Empire” came on the air in January 2015 and became an instant hit and although it has lost half of its audience vs. last season, Empire will end the current season as Fox’s No. 2 scripted series (behind 9-1-1).

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