‘Empire’ will end with Season 6

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Last month, Fox Entertainment announced Smollett would not return to the series next season in the wake of allegations by Chicago officials the actor lied about a supposed racially motivated attack.

Caught between lower than expected ratings and the costs of doing business with a former corporate sibling, the Star and Proven Innocent cancellations, painful as they were for those concerned, were pretty straightforward.

The executive then said that there were no plans for Smollett's return.

Fox actually axed a number of its current series, including the Empire spinoff Star.

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Sources on the show tell us cast members - including Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard - feel Jussie deserves a fair shake, and that should include a full return to the show. But will the network bring back the show's most well-known actor for a reprise? "As the series enters its final season, one thing is for sure, the Lyons never go out without a bang", the network said in a statement.

Jussie Smollett allegedly paid two Nigerian-American men to attack him, essentially wasting hours of the police's time and taxpayer dollars.

Prosecutors inexplicably dropped the 16 felony counts against Smollett several weeks later, a move criticized by police, the mayor, and a state prosecutors group.

"Empire" will end its run after its upcoming sixth season, Fox announced Monday - amid national speculation about Jussie Smollett's status on the hit music drama.

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The cast might have a word or two to say about the idea. Asked about whether that has changed, now that Empire will be ending after the next season, Collier remained mum.

Also on the fall slate is the new animated comedy "Bless the Harts", which takes the 8:30 p.m. Sunday slot immediately after "The Simpsons".

"Empire" was a boon for Fox in its early seasons, with unprecedented ratings growth that prompted (often tone-deaf) discussions about the value of diverse programming.

Fox confirmed that the sixth season of Empire will be the final.

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