After a series of head-spinning legal woes, "Empire" star Jussie Smollett is not returning to the Fox drama for its sixth and final season.
The news came from the series creator, Lee Daniels, who shot down a media report that implied Smollett would return for the sixth season of the show.
"This is not factual.
Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire," Daniels said in a tweet to Variety.
The drama starring Taraji P.
Henson and Terrence Howard will end after the sixth season.