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‘Empire’ is returning for a sixth season, but Jussie Smollett won’t be rejoining his castmates when production resumes. Although Smollett remains under contract, his character Jamal Lyon isn’t being factored into the show’s plans.

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“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire,” FOX and producer 20th Century Fox TV said in a press statement.

Smollett was written out of the fifth season’s last two episodes after being charged with falsifying a police report, which claimed he was the victim of an attack in Chicago. Prosecutors ended up dismissing all charges against him, but the embattled actor’s reputation was severely damaged.

By Damilola Faustino

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