How Empire Left the Door Open for Jussie Smollett’s Return

Vulture - 05-09

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Empire’s fifth season is over, but the unexpected real-life drama surrounding Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the show, is not. The charges against him have been dropped (and Smollett maintains his innocence), but the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against him, he was written out of the last two episodes of season five, and he may or may not be back next season. Fox recently announced that Empire would be returning for a sixth season, but Smollett’s future on the show is hazy.