Taraji P. Henson Says Jussie Smollett Will Return To ‘Empire’ Next Season

Written by on April 11, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Taraji P. Henson gave a brief update on her ‘Empire’ co-star Jussie Smollett after the latter was written off the remaining episodes of the show’s fifth season.

The actress spilled the beans on Thursday’s ‘The View’ after Joy Behar asked if Smollett was going to return to the show next season. Henson confirmed that the actor will come back as there has been no news of his contract being terminated whatsoever.

“Yes. I haven’t heard anything else,” Henson said on the show.

She also said that she talks to Smollet all the time and that his onscreen son is “doing well”.

The day after Smollett was arrested on multiple felony charges for faking a police report about an alleged racist and homophobic attack against him in Chicago, the producers of ‘Empire’ announced that his character, Jamal Lyons, was going to be cut from the remainder of the season.

“Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply,” the producers said in a statement, Deadline reported. “While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out.”

All 16 charges against Smollett have been dropped after prosecutor Kim Foxx, Cook County state’s attorney, determined that specific aspects of the evidence and testimony presented made Smollett’s conviction uncertain.

Foxx also said that the actor was only charged with a class 4 felony, which is on the same level as pulling a fire alarm at school. According to Foxx, these kinds of charges were typically not pursued especially in case where the suspect involved has no prior criminal record, New York Times reported.

Meanwhile, Smollett is being ordered by the City of Chicago to pay more than $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation city authorities did in line with his police report.

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