During Fox’s Television Critics Association tour on Wednesday, August 7, Charlie Collier, the network’s CEO, confirmed that the 37-year-old actor won’t return for the show’s final season.
”In case like this, you try to get all the information and make a good decision,” Collier explained. “[Creator Lee Daniels] is right, there are no plans for Jussie to return to Empire … typically it’s about gathering right info and making sure we’re making the right decisions.”
Smollett, who has played musician Jamal Lyonsince Empire debuted in 2015, was indicted back in March with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two Nigerian brothers, Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo attacked him in an alleged homophobic and racist hate crime in Chicago.
It was also claimed that Smollett paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 to orchestrate the incident.