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‘Empire’ Cancelled After Season Six

Just days after FOX announced that Lee Daniels’ Empire was renewed for a sixth season, it appears that the sixth season will be the show’s last.

“We are turning the final season into a large TV event, we are trying to go out guns a blazing,” FOX CEO Charlie Collier said.  “You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”

It was previously reported that Jussie Smollett would not be appearing in the sixth season and with the series finale on the horizon, it appears that his status with the show hasn’t changed. Collier says, “There’s an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that,” when asked about Smollett’s return.

Empire’s fifth season wrapped last week. They have not begun work on season six just yet. The final season is presumed to premiere in September.