‘Empire’ will end with Season 6

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Deadline reports that the "groundbreaking, cultural phenomenon" is getting the axe once season 6 concludes, months after Jussie Smollett's public ouster from the show and more. That's true and it's a whole 'nother story.

As was previously announced, Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television have extended Smollett's option for Season 6, but said at the time of the renewal that there were no plans for him to appear. "If you look at what we're doing with Empire. we really are trying to go out guns a-blazing", Charlie Collier, CEO of Fox Entertainment, told reporters on a press call Monday morning.

Fox announced Monday that the upcoming sixth season of "Empire" will be its last.

Now going into the last season, there are questions about actor Jussie Smollett and if he will now be returning to the show to bid a final farewell as Jamal.

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When asked directly about Smollett's future on the show Collier explained that there were "no plans" for him to return but he didn't totally rule it out. Season 1 averaged a staggering 5.9 rating in C3, which means that on average 7.5 million adults 18-49 watched the commercials each episode during the series' freshman run. Some of Smollett's co-stars have lamented his uncertain fate on the show. "As the series enters its final season, one thing is for sure, the Lyons never go out without a bang", according to the network. He was eventually indicted for disorderly conduct, but all charges against Smollett were controversially dropped.

However, despite that ratings decline, "Empire" remained FOX's second-highest-rated drama of the season, behind only "9-1-1".

Either way, the end is coming on Empire.

He also announced that the show is moving to Tuesdays for its final season, putting it up against juggernaut This Is Us. Despite ending several shows led by or prominently featuring black actors, Collier said diversity was an ongoing effort at Fox.

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