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Update: Empire Will Return for Season 6 With Jussie Smollett, Taraji P. Henson Says

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Update (4/5/2019):  In her Thursday appearance on The View, Taraji P. Henson revealed that, as far as she knows, no one is leaving the cast, including Jussie Smollett, despite the recent controversy. "I haven't heard anything else," she said. Though she seemed somewhat reluctant to talk about the incident, the Hidden Figures star said, "I talk to Jussie all the time, and he's doing well. We're all doing well."

Original story (3/27/2019): Empire returned to the air last night with the first new episode since the Jussie Smollett investigation began. Given the strong ratings and a successful deal between Fox and new parent company Disney, it seems pretty certain the show will go on for Season 6. And with the city of Chicago dropping all 16 felony counts against him, it seems like the path could be clear for the actor to keep his role as Jamal Lyons. But apparently it's not quite that simple.