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'Empire' Will End With Season 6, Fox announces

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The "Empire" has fallen.

Fox announced Monday that music drama "Empire's" recently announced sixth season will be the show's last.

"We are turning the final season into a television event," Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said.

"One of the great benefits of announcing a final season announce have the fans lean in have the finale they desire."

When pressed on whether Jussie Smollett would be returning for the show's final season, Collier said, "At this point, we have no plans for that." But Collier also noted that "the writers room for next season hasn't even gathered yet."

Since last season, 'Empire' has lost approximately half of its viewing audience, most likely due in part to the Smollett fracas.

The cancellation of 'Empire' follows Friday’s axing of co-creator Lee Daniels’ musical drama 'Star' after three seasons. Collier said on the call that the decision to end Star was “difficult.”


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