Empire’ will go 1 more season, Smollett’s future is unclear

EMPIRE: L-R: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Bryshere Y. Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon and Trai Byers as Andre Lyon in Season Five of EMPIRE premiering Wednesday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Patrick Hoelck/FOX

NEW YORK -The Fox network says “Empire” will be back this fall for its final season.

But Fox executives in announcing the 2019-20 season say that Jussie Smollett’s future in the show is unclear.

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier says there is an option to have Smollett in the show’s sixth year but there is no plan right now to include him.

Collier says the network wants to give “Empire” a big send-off and that’s the focus.

Smollett was accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in Chicago. The charges were dropped.

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