Jussie Smollett's Character to Be Removed from "Empire"

February 22, 2019

Jussie Smollett got caught lyin', so now there's no more Jamal Lyon! Multiple outlets are reporting that Smollett's character on the hit FOX drama has been written out of the rest of Empire's season after his arrest for making false statements to police. The show's executive producers announced the news Friday, citing a need to "avoid further disruption on set." They also said, “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out." The news wasn't necessarily a surprise, as Smollett already had his role reduced in an episode filming this week. There are two episodes left in the season.