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EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Jussie Smollet, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Taraji P. Henson and Bryshere Gray on EMPIRE. The spring premiere episode of EMPIRE airs Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: James Dimmock/FOX

Empire has been renewed for a sixth season by Fox, but it cast doubt about whether Jussie Smollett would be returning, just weeks after the hoax claims surrounding him were dropped.

Fox released a statement, “By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire.”

Smollett’s character was removed from the final two episodes of season 5 and now looking very unlikely that he will return for season 6. It’s a shame that the news of a sixth season is scarred by the events of Smollett and whatever happens, his name will always be linked with the programme and talked about in the future.

Empire will air on Fox, however, the air date is unknown at this point in time.

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