"By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire,'" the statement made to BuzzFeed News by Fox and 20th Century Fox reads.
Earlier Smollett reportedly had lunch meetings with "Empire" executives, telling TMZ afterwards he was feeling "pride" about his work on the show.
When Smollett first alleged he was attacked, Fox and 20th Century Fox stood by him, and a number of celebrities (including Viola Davis, John Legend, and Empire co-creator Lee Daniels) and politicians (Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Nancy Pelosi) also rallied to his side. However, as new facts around Smollett’s case were revealed, support for him became less vocal. Smollett's character, Jamal, was written out of Empire's final two episodes of the season in what appeared to be a suspension.
Earlier this month, the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Smollett after he refused to reimburse police for overtime costs related to the investigation.