The series “Empire” is coming back next season, but it looks like Jussie Smollett is not returning.
Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV shared an update on the show in a joint statement Tuesday.
The studio extended Smollett’s option to season six, but “at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return.”
That means producers are keeping their options open, but at this point Smollett will not be featured in new episodes.
Smollett was written out of the final two episodes of the show’s current season after Chicago Police charged him with staging an attack on himself.
Smollett denies the allegations and prosecutors dropped the charges against him.
Now the city is suing him for the cost of the investigation. The “Empire” season finale airs next week.