TVLine, NY Post

‘Empire’ Reportedly in Talks to Bring Back Jussie Smollett

Dec 17, 2019  •  Post A Comment

“Actor Jussie Smollett, who was written out of the Fox series ‘Empire’ after claiming he was beaten up by men who yelled ‘This is MAGA country!’ and put a noose around his neck, may be returning to the Fox melodrama for its series finale next year,” The New York Post reports.

TVLine talked with showrunner Brett Mahoney, who reportedly said talks are under way to potentially have Smollett return as Jamal before the show concludes its six-season run this spring.

TVLine quoted Mahoney saying: “It would be weird in my mind to end this family show and this family drama of which he was such a significant part of withoutseeing him.”

Mahoney adds: “It’s fair to say it’s being discussed, but there’s no plan as of yet to bring him back. There’s been no decision made.”

TVLine notes that the show’s current stance represents a turnaround from last June, when Smollett was at the center of a high-profile controversy over the Chicago incident. The report notes that at the time series creator Lee Daniels said on Twitter: “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire.”


  1. would be a good idea for the show…his character was very good for production.

  2. Bring this fool back to Court so he can be sentenced.

  3. This is shameful. If Jussie is rewarded for his criminal behavior (after bringing negative attention to the show and its cast), then this is an example of how people on the left can fail upwards in America. Although props to Jussie’s management team for being able to spin and squeeze every last drop of pr out of the notoriety of the incident. Few people had ever heard of this actor until he fabricated a hate crime and nationalized the incident. If only the city of Chicago were as diligent about setting an example of him as a deterrent to others that would seek to capitalize on false or imaginary hate crimes.

  4. This racist, lying idiot needs to go to jail.

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