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The “Empire” has fallen.

Fox announced Monday that music drama “Empire’s” recently announced sixth season will be the show’s last.

“We are turning the final season into a television event,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said. “One of the great benefits of announcing a final season announce have the fans lean in have the finale they desire.”

When pressed on whether Jussie Smollett would be returning for the show’s final season, Collier said, “At this point, we have no plans for that.” But Collier also noted that “the writers room for next season hasn’t even gathered yet.”

As was previously announced, Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television have extended Smollett’s option for Season 6, but said at the time of the renewal that there were no plans for him to appear.

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Jussie Smollett on FOX’s Empire

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EMPIRE: L-R: Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in the ‘Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: L-R: Taraji P. Henson and director Jussie Smollett in the ‘What is Done’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Director Jussie Smollett behind the scenes in the ‘What is Done’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: L-R: Terrence Howard and director Jussie Smollett behind the scenes in the ‘What is Done’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: L-R: Jussie Smollett and Taraji P. Henson in the ‘The Depth of Grief’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Jussie Smollett in the ‘The Depth of Grief’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: L-R: Bryshere Y. Gray and Jussie Smollett in the ‘Love All, Trust a Few’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: L-R: Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray in the ‘Pride’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: L-R: Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray in the ‘Pride’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Jussie Smollett in the ‘Pay For Their Presumptions’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: L-R: Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, and Trai Byers in the ‘The Empire Unposessd’ season finale episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, May 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

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. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Bryshere Gray, Jussie Smollett and Andre Royo in the ‘Slave to Memory’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Dec. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe and Jussie Smollett in the ‘Bleeding War’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Terrel Carter and Jussie Smollett in the ‘Evil Manners’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Jussie Smollett and Gabourey Sidibe in the ‘Full Circle’ episode of Wednesday, Oct. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)




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During the fifth season, Smollett claimed that he was the victim of an assault which he said was racially and politically motivated, as well as homophobic. Later he was accused of hiring the men who attacked him and indicted for filing false statements. The criminal charges were dropped in March, and Smollett has maintained his innocence, but the city of Chicago also filed a lawsuit against the actor in order to recoup the cost of the police investigation. As a result of the controversy surrounding the investigation, Smollett was written out of the final two episodes of Season 5.

“Empire” was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, who executive produce alongside Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John. Brett Mahoney is executive producer and showrunner for the series. The show is produced by Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Companion series “Star” was also recently canceled after three seasons.

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Taraji P. Henson out and about

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NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 05: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends Black Girls Rock! 2017 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 5, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 05: Actress Taraji P. Henson performs onstage during Black Girls Rock! 2017 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 5, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 05: Taraji P. Henson poses backstage at Black Girls Rock! 2017 at NJPAC on August 5, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 05: Taraji P. Henson is seen backstage during Black Girls Rock! 2017 at NJPAC on August 5, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

CHICAGO, IL – JULY 23: Actress Taraji P. Henson sits courtside during a BIG3 Basketball game on July 23, 2017, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Taraji P. Henson on Season Four of EMPIRE premiering Wednesday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Pictured Clockwise L-R: Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers and Taraji P. Henson on Season Four of EMPIRE premiering Wednesday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 07: Taraji P. Henson attends the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: Actress Taraji P. Henson of the show ‘Empire’ attends the FOX Upfront on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0641 — Pictured: Actress Taraji P. Henson plays the ‘Drinko’ sketch on March 17, 2017 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Taraji P. Henson in the ‘Toil and Trouble, Part. 2’ season finale episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

EMPIRE: Taraji P. Henson in the ‘Toil & Trouble, Pt. 1’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Taraji P. Henson arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actor Taraji P. Henson attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Actor Janelle Monae, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and actors Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer pose backstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, CA – FEBRUARY 25: Taraji P. Henson attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Actors Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae attend Vanity Fair and Genesis Celebrate ‘Hidden Figures’ on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

EMPIRE: Taraji P. Henson in the ‘Toil & Trouble, Pt. 1’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 13: M.A.C. Viva Glam Spokespeople (R) Taraji P. Henson & (L) Jussie Smollett meet fans at M.A.C. Michigan Avenue Store in Chicago on February 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for M.A.C. Cosmetics)

LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 12: Taraji P. Henson on the Red Carpet at THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 12 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT; 6:00-9:30 PM, live MT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Phil McCarten/CBS via Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA – FEBRUARY 11: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

PASADENA, CA – FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae pose in the press room at the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

EMPIRE: Taraji P. Henson in the ‘Absent Child’ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, May 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: Taraji P. Henson poses at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29, 2017 : (L-R) Kirsten Dunst, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monae, co-recipients of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for ‘Hidden Figures’, pose in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, the United States, on Jan. 29, 2017. (Xinhua/Zhao Hanrong via Getty Images)




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