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Jussie Smollett Will Not Return To ‘Empire’ Relates Lee Daniels; 911 Call Released Of His Alleged Attack

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The co-creator of Fox’s sudsy Empire, Lee Daniels, confirmed yesterday that actor/singer Jussie Smollett will not return to the series for its final season, after the renewal pick-up of the show’s sixth and final season was announced, where it left Smollett’s fate with the series a big ambiguous.

How the final blow of any possibility of Smollett’s return came to light was when Daniels was responding to a Variety report in which multiple production sources said that writing staff was breaking ideas for the final season with the expectation that Smollett would appear in the back half of the 18 planned episodes. However, Daniels strongly expressed upon that item that: “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire.”

Smollett was written out of the final episodes of the show’s fifth season in the aftermath and backlash stemming from that he faked a hate crime against himself earlier this year in Chicago.

In addition on Wednesday, the city of Chicago (TMZ had already beat them to it) released 911 calls where a friend of Smollett’s called for help following his alleged attack.  A man (later identified as Smollett’s manager, Frank Gatson) said he “works with an artist” told the  operator that the victim did not want to file a report with authorities, but he was going to ‘make’ him.”

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The caller added that the victim said the attackers put a noose around his neck expressing: “What’s really weird ma’m, just ‘cus I’m scared and I don’t know what it is, they put a noose around his neck.  They didn’t do anything with it, but put it around his neck. That’s pretty f—d up to me — sorry for saying it like that.”

A second 911 call was apparently made 15 minutes later after the police had not yet responded to the first call, where the caller said about Smollett, “He was jumped on the street and we’re just trying to report it.”

So, what do you think of the news that Smollett is definitely out of the final season of Empire? What do you think of the 911 call? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Brian

He seems like a scumbag. The fact that all charges were dropped makes no sense. SOOOO, was there a crime or not? And, isn’t it a crime to falsely report a crime? Either the actor is lying or the “attackers” are lying or both. WTF? Is it so easy to pull off a heist of some sort and then get away without repercussions in the city of Chicago?

Momo
Momo

Only if you have friends in high places.

brian
brian

PERFECT !! Now I hope we never hear anymore about him….

su000
su000

Empire is done after this new season 6, the last.
Without Jussie Smollett Empire is weak.
And- with the other brother dying of cancer that just leaves Hakim.
It’s time for Empire to end, I liked it/was a fav.

Satan
Satan

If you like it so much, how did you (apparently) miss the last three episodes of the season. I won’t spoil it for you, but I’ll just say that Lucius still has more than one son in town going into Season 6.

Hakim is definitely the weakest of the brothers in terms of storyline though. Which probably means the last season’s stories will revolve all around Lucius & Cookie. (Unless they bring some of the characters from “Star” over since it was already canceled)

davlestev1
davlestev1

The best scene on Empire was Cookie getting up from the family dinner table and dragging the tablecloth, dinner and all, onto the floor without looking backwards. LOL!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I loved Jussie; he was my fav until he pulled his stunt. I definitely believe he was lying so I see him through a whole new set of eyes. I’m also not thrilled that Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson were happy he was found innocent and demanded he come back. He was NOT found innocent…though charges were dropped and the double standard doesn’t work. If Roseanne was fired for less..then their demand that he be kept on pissed me off.

As for the show, I’m still enjoying it. I’ll be sorry to see it go but at this point it’s time to take a bow…

I did hear that Lee Daniels might be thinking of another show where he’ll bring back the Lyons or some of them. Guess it’s a wait/see.

view88
view88

LOL, lets hope he returns to the rock he belongs under.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Just desserts! No show likes controversy of any sort. They drop the actors at a whiff of scandal, etc.

Momo
Momo

Goodbye.

Momo
Momo

Jussie is currently working on a self-help book titled, “How NOT to Negotiate a Pay Raise”.

Tucker
Tucker

Miserable little ditch-rat – come back to Chicago and face your crime like a man (if possible!!)

Momo
Momo

Even though he’s not appearing in the final season he is still getting paid. Ridiulous!

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EMPIRE Season Six Premiere: Andre Is In For A Shocker

When Fox’s music biz soap opera, Empire returns for its sixth and final season (kicking off this Tuesday, September 24th, 9/8c) the opener features cancer survivor, Andre Lyon (Trai Byers) in charge of the Lyon dynasty – with his dad, Luscious completely MIA.

But when addressing the company staff on some changes within the structure of the organization and his plans, he is stunned when none other than Tracy (Amanda Detmer), that’s previously referred to and known as “White Tracy’” (due to her crack addiction), shows up with a soapy bombshell during the meeting.

The mother of Andre’s deceased half-brother, Jeff Kingsley saunters in and announces, “I’m Empire’s newest co-owner!”   And with that, season six begins its arc with a battle for control that will be front and center.

Tracy wants payback and has an ax to grind.  In the season 5 finale, she told the Lyon clan that her decision to donate her son’s heart to save Andre would come with strings attached, but did anyone expect she would go this far?  Yup!  Watch the teaser below for Tuesday’s night’s first episode of the  final season.

Meanwhile, the season six key art featuring series stars: Taraji P Henson (Cookie) and Terrence Howard  (Luscious) in the same position as the famous scene in the motion picture Titanic has with it the saying “Rule to the end”.   Who will be left standing when the series comes to its exciting and emotional conclusion?

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‘Empire’ Final Season: Official Word No Jussie Smollett, Vivica A Fox To Series Regular, Spin-Offs Possible After Series Concludes

Plenty of news coming out of the Fox TCA panels and executive session.  Most notable was drama surrounding the sixth and final season of the sudsy Empire.

According to Fox CEO Charlie Collier when talk of potential spin-offs of the series came up: “We’re in the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong business — if there is more story to tell we want to hear it.”  Collier, referencing the series creators.

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Collier also noted that a big send-off is planned for the series as its heads to its final episodes.  In addition, the CEO officially revealed after all the speculation that Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon), would not be returning to Empire for its final season.

Charlie noted, “There’s no plan for Jussie to return.”  Smollett got in trouble with the law in Chicago back in January, over an alleged hate crime, the actor claimed was perpetrated on him, when later he was charged for setting the whole thing up himself, and later those charges later dropped,   But Jussie’s problems with the Windy City are continuing hot and heavy this week.

Finally, soap opera favorite, Vivica A. Fox (Generations, DAYS) has been upped to series regular in her role as Candace.  As Empire viewers know, Candace is the older sister to Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson.

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‘Empire’ Will End Its Run After Upcoming Sixth Season

Fox has announced during Monday’s pre-upfront call with the media that Empire’s upcoming sixth season (they just got renewed for that season just the other week) will ultimately be its last.

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier expressed: “We are turning the final season into a large TV event — we are trying to go out guns a-blazing. You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”

The final season will consist of 20 episodes.

As to whether Jussie Smollett would coming back for the show’s last hurrah, Collier only would say, “At this point, we have no plans for that.”   He also noted the writer’s room has not even been put in place for the new season.

Previously, Fox Entertainment along with 20th Century Fox Television extended Smollett’s option for the upcoming sixth season, but at that time also stated there were no plan for him to re-appear on-screen as Jamal.

Smollett claimed that he was the victim of an assault based hate crime, but later was accused of hiring two men to attack him and was indicted for filing false police reports/statements.  Fast-forward, the criminal charges were dropped in March, and Smollett has maintained his innocence.

As a result of all the bad publicity cast on Smollett and more, the series decided to cut Smollett out of the final two episodes of the 5th season.

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