Fox cancels Empire, Jussie Smollett's fate remains unclear

The Masked Singer

Empire will end its roller-coaster run on Fox after the upcoming sixth season, the network announced Monday, ahead of its Upfront presentation in the afternoon.

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.

Collier says the network wants to give "Empire" a big send-off and that's the focus.

During last season, Smollett, 36, who is gay and black, claimed that he was the victim of an attack that he said was racially and politically motivated, as well as homophobic.

When charges were dropped against him, Fox welcomed him back.

"We're turning the final season of Empire into a large television event".

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.

"We really are trying to go out guns blazing".

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It was high on champion Rory McIlroy at the Players Championship, projecting him as one of the top two contenders from the start. The victory was extremely special for Tiger as he fought multiple life atrocities to win his 5th Masters.

Meanwhile, fans weighed in on the cancellation of Empire on social media with many wondering if Smollett's fake assault incident is behind the show being cancelled.

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

"At this point, we have no plans for that", Collier said.

Fox's second new fall drama is "Not Just Me", which will air out of the unscripted hit "The Masked Singer" in the Wednesday 9 p.m. slot recently vacated by "Star".

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. Asked about whether that has changed, now that Empire will be ending after the next season, Collier remained mum.

Smollett has starred on "Empire" since the show's start in 2015.

Both of these series will be missed, but we're sure Daniels and the casts and producers of both shows will be back with new projects very soon.

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