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A few weeks after several of the stars of Fox’s hit television series “Empire” wrote a letter to executives and producers demanding the return of embattled actor Jussie Smollett, Fox Entertainment announced that this upcoming season will be the scandal-damaged show’s last.

“Just two weeks after the Charlie Collier-run Fox Entertainment renewed Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s hip hop drama for a sixth season and showed controversy ladened Jussie Smollett towards the exit door, it was announced today on Fox’s Upfront call that the self described ‘groundbreaking cultural phenomenon’ of Empire will be canceled once Season 6 s done,” Deadline reports.

Collier told the press in a call announcing the end of the series that they plan to “go out guns a blazing.” However, when asked about the prospect of Smollett returning, the CEO said that while they have “an option” to reinstate him, they have “no plans” for that. “There’s an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that,” said Collier, Deadline notes.

The announcement of the show’s demise follows a series of ratings setbacks and ugly headlines starring the former star Smollett. The actor and singer was initially charged by Chicago prosecutors with multiple felony counts for allegedly faking a hate crime against himself that he blamed on Trump supporters before the Cook County State’s Attorney inexplicably dropped all charges, prompting more outrage from the public as well as key Chicago officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Chief Eddie Johnson.

Though Chicago prosecutors have made clear that the evidence against Smollett is convincing and the City of Chicago is currently suing Smollett for the $130,000, Smollett’s fellow “Empire” cast members wrote a letter on April 24 to showrunners and studio execs declaring the actor “innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty” and demanding his reinstatement.

“Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire,” Smollett’s fellow “Empire” stars Terrence Howard, Taraji Henson, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, and Nicole Ari Parker wrote. “We understand the past months have been difficult to process—sometimes the headlines brought more confusion than clarity, yet we now have a conclusion to this ordeal. Throughout Empire’s five seasons working with Jussie and watching how he has conducted himself throughout this traumatic event, we have come to know not just the character Jussie portrays, but also truly come to know Jussie’s personal character. He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped. We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed.”

The letter was sent just days after the City of Chicago’s Law Department filed a civil lawsuit against Smollett for $130,106.15 for resources they say he wasted by filing his false “hate crime” report. “This follows his refusal to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019,” a spokesman told the press.

The lawsuit stems from Smollett’s claim that on January 29, 2019, he was attacked by two white Trump supporters who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, assaulted him, threw an unknown substance on him, and tied a rope around his neck. But after police gathered overwhelming evidence indicating that Smollett had “orchestrated” the fake “hate crime” against himself with the help of his two personal trainers, a grand jury slapped the actor with 16 felony counts for filing the false report.

Though the state’s attorney’s office says the evidence against Smollett was solid, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges in late March, accepting his $10,000 bond and past community service as part of a “modified plea bargain.” Smollett, who was not required to admit responsibility in the highly unusual deal, has since proclaimed the decision as evidence that he is innocent.

But Chicago’s Law Department says otherwise in its complaint against the actor, whom officials say “knew his attackers and orchestrated the purported attack himself.”

“Later, when police confronted him with evidence about his attackers, he still refused to disclose his involvement in planning the attack,” reads the complaint filed in mid-April. “On the evening of January 28, 2019, Defendant’s flight into Chicago was delayed, and he called Abel (Osundairo) telling him he needed to delay the staged attack, and Abel agreed,” the city says, citing evidence gathered by investigators. The Osundairo brothers told investigators Smollett wanted to stage the attack because “he was unhappy with the way his employers handled the racist and homophobic letter he had allegedly received and as a result wanted to stage an attack,” the city says.

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16 Comments

  1. Paul

    May 14, 2019 at 12:24 am

    I have been boycotting ‘Empire” ever since they brought back Jussie Smollett! I have no use for a television show that employs criminals and liars!

  2. Trump 2020

    May 14, 2019 at 1:38 am

    African Americans are the most privileged race of people in the history of the world. They perpetually lie to themselves a narrative of forever victimhood. It is a crutch and an excuse for their failure of personal responsibility on every failure of their lives. Furthermore, it is a global problem.

    • Chitoon

      May 14, 2019 at 3:40 am

      Hollywood destroying there own Industry…All for 1 and 1 for all…..Now all of them loose there Job….LOL…..A lot of these People will never get this back…..They might as well go to McDonalds and try get a Job….They did this for a Raciest, Liar….

    • Liz

      May 14, 2019 at 7:23 am

      Agreed! Need to accept responsibility for their own lives instead of blaming others.

  3. Cotton

    May 14, 2019 at 2:03 am

    I feel Fox made the right decision to end the show after Smolletts’ co workers tried to side with the criminal , and they KNOW ” innocent ” is NOT what the outcome says …
    He should have been treated as any other person committing these crimes would be treated !

  4. Cotton

    May 14, 2019 at 2:06 am

    I feel Fox made the right decision to end the show after Smolletts’ co workers tried to side with the criminal , and they KNOW ” innocent ” is NOT what the outcome says …
    He should have been treated as any other person committing these crimes would be treated !

  5. Pat

    May 14, 2019 at 3:43 am

    I take each individual one at a time. I agree there is a stereotype of African American behavior. Unfortunately the facts prove stereotype much too often. However in my lifetime I have found most black americans live a boring responsible life like everyone else. The challenges facing black america will be solved by black america. I cannot understand his co-workers in the face of obvious deception. Every black person looks at Jussy and knows he just made life more difficult black Americans. For me…….. it just pisses me off that a privileged entertainer is willing to sell his mothers soul for more privilege. He will get neither.

  6. Nita Kennedy

    May 14, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Just another freaking gay black dudette thinks they are entitled, guess what you’re not. Glad empire was cancelled, just another racist show.

  7. MikeyG

    May 14, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Mainly do to scheduling conflicts and my instance on much less TV in my life, I have never watched a single episode of Empire. I admire the top two actors and am a fan of theirs. I cannot believe that they cannot see through Smollett’s pathetic undertones and direction he decided to take. I cannot believe that the charges were dropped – I understand that is under investigation because of the interference from the office of the former 1st Lady. At least, I hope that J Smullett must end up paying back the City of Chicago and that his acting career is over.

  8. Gayle

    May 14, 2019 at 7:58 am

    He asked for this by lying and trying to cause trouble for the President and his supporters! The entire cast taking up for him also deserve what they are getting! Being cancelled is just KARMA!

  9. Bj

    May 14, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Wow…..a bunch of blacks done in by one of their own. Imagine that? Somehow, somewhere in an alternate universe it will be Trump’s fault. A day of reckoning has begun…….people are tired of “lifting the blacks up”. None has been slaves, nor have any of their parents been slaves…..except to the government handout. They are their own worst enemy as they spend all their energy on being a victim and blaming whites for their poor choices and laziness. People are sick of it, along with having the gays shoved down our throat. Tired of be forced to be politically correct and the little fukked up losers out there that amount to .5% that want to run the nation. We are fighting back and not taking it any more. So bring it on……we’re ready

    • Vaughn

      May 14, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      I totally agree with you. Since Obama it has only gotten worse.

  10. Marlitt Arnouville

    May 14, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Well, well Jussie mission accomplished,! Your actions caused Empires cancellation,job losses for your naive cast mates and more lawsuits coming your way

  11. abolishliberalism

    May 14, 2019 at 9:58 am

    HA ha!!! This is what you get for trying to be a d-bag by taking this racist POS criminal BACK onto your show! Too bad, hey, maybe ABC will pick up the show… lol,lol,lol…

  12. abolishliberalism

    May 14, 2019 at 10:00 am

    lol…. I wonder how “Innocent” all his costars think he is now? I bet everyone who worked on that show is now a “suspect” if Smallott is “Attacked” again! lol,lol,lol…

  13. Linda

    May 14, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, I thought Kim Foxx had dug a hole to China and buried all of the Jussie mess. One thing was forgotten…KARMA.

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