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Fox: Jussie Smollett Won't be on Final Season on 'Empire'

Fox: Jussie Smollett Won't be on Final Season on 'Empire'

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 07:30 PM

Fox Entertainment chief Charlie Collier says Jussie Smollett won't be back on "Empire."

Collier, speaking to TV critics Wednesday, affirmed series co-creator Lee Daniels' decision to drop Smollett from the drama's upcoming final season.

Daniels had initially supported Smollett after the actor claimed he suffered a racist and anti-gay attack in Chicago.

But when Smollett faced charges for allegedly fabricating the attack, Daniels said the matter had become painful and frustrating for him and the "Empire" cast .

Prosecutors dropped the charges against Smollett in March, but a special prosecutor could charge him again .

Asked why Fox had extended Smollett's contract through the sixth and last season despite his legal peril, Collier said the network wanted to properly assess the situation before making a decision about Smollett's future with "Empire."

"In cases like this… you try to gather all the information and make a good decision at the time,' he said. 'Lee is right, there are no plans for Jussie to return to Empire," he said.

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Fox Entertainment chief Charlie Collier says Jussie Smollett won't be back on "Empire."Collier, speaking to TV critics Wednesday, affirmed series co-creator Lee Daniels' decision to drop Smollett from the drama's upcoming final season.Daniels had initially supported...
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