The Empire Strikes Out

The Fox Television drama Empire has announced next season will be it last. Hmm, I wonder if the decision has anything to do with lying, race-baiting criminal Jussie Smollett’s actions earlier this year, where he accused white male Trump voters for trying to lynch him.

The reign of Empire on Fox is coming to an end next year. Just two weeks after the Charlie Collier-run Fox Entertainment renewed Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s hip hop drama for a sixth season and guided Jussie Smollett toward the exit door, it was announced Monday during Fox’s pre-upfront call that the self-described “groundbreaking cultural phenomenon” will be canceled once Season 6 is done next year.

That’s a shame. I was going to start watching the show next year!

“We are turning the final season into a large TV event — we are trying to go out guns a-blazing,” Collier said on the call of Empire‘s last season, which will be 20 episodes. “You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”

Questioned about the possibility that the legally challenged Smollett could return for the final season, Collier dodged and replied with language reminiscent of last month’s press release. “There’s an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that,” he said.

It’s interesting how Empire’s top star Terrence Howard has had run-ins with the law for assault and domestic violence, and he is still gainfully employed. It’s almost like Smollett is being banished not because of his crimes, but because he’s a terrible actor.