The Fox hit show “Empire” has officially been canceled by the network after a tumultuous few months with one of their stars in the headlines, The DailyMail reported.
“Empire,” which began in 2015 with stellar ratings, has been canceled after it’s sixth season following a scandal with star Jussie Smollett who claimed to have been the victim of a racist attack and was later proved by police to have been lying.
Smollett was written off the show for the current season, season 5, however, the show initially continued without him.
“Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier says there is an option to have Smollett in the show’s sixth year, but right now there is no plan to include him,” the DailyMail reported.
“We are turning the final season into a large TV event, we are trying to go out guns a blazing,” Collier said on the call, according to Deadline.
Collier also stated that the network wants to give their former hit show a big send-off thanks to it’s first few stellar seasons.
“You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve,” the CEO said.
The scandal-ridden Smollett played the part of an openly gay R&B star Jamal Lyon, one of three sons of music big wigs Lucious and Cookie Lyon.
Smollett was taken after the final two episodes of the current season after it was found he lied to police and staged an attack against himself.
While the charges against Smollett were dropped after he forfeited his $10,000 bond, the city of Chicago then sued the actor for $130,000 in “overtime costs” that investigators incurred looking for the attacker.
While Smollett was able to extend his contract for a possible sixth season, the network announced, however, that it was not to be.
“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire,” Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV said in a joint statement in early May according to the DailyMail.