Jussie Smollett Might Come Back To “Empire” According To The Showrunner

Jussie Smollett Might Come Back To “Empire” According To The Showrunner

It has been a rollercoaster of a year for Jussie Smollett, the actor behind the Empire character Jamal Lyon — and 2020 might be no different.


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Despite being written off Empire in a blink-and-you-would-have-missed-it moment, after Smollett allegedly staged a hate crime against himself that was later dismissed as a hoax, he could be making another appearance on the Fox TV show.


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While creator Lee Daniels declared back in June, “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire,” showrunner Brett Mahoney now says another Jussie cameo isn’t totally out of the question.


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“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 without seeing him,” Brett Mahoney told TVLine.


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“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.”


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The show’s final season airs next spring, so there is a lot of time for, um, those “discussions” to play out.


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