“Anxiety is high among the “Empire” cast and crew, because Fox has yet to renew the show for a sixth season,” writes TMZ, who reports that those who have been working on the show for years were reportedly supposed to hear news about its future for a few weeks now. Smollett’s character Jamal will not appear in the final two episodes of Season Five; per reports, his character will be “out of the country.”
Smollett returned to the Empire set after being released on $100,000 bail back in February. He maintained his innocence in his reported apology to the show’s team.
He appeared at a Mar. 12 court hearing to reportedly state his plea. Smollett was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct after he allegedly filed a false police report in late-January. Ola and Abel Osundairo were reportedly hired by the actor and singer to orchestrate the attack, per the Chicago Police, who placed their evidence on a $3,500 check written by Smollett to the brothers. However, it was revealed that the payment was for physical fitness training.