Jussie Smollett's Character Removed From Final Episodes Of 'Empire' Season

The actor was arrested Thursday for filing a false police report. Now, it appears the role that made him famous may be in doubt. Empire producers said they chose to "avoid further disruption on set."
Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Cook County Jail in Chicago Thursday after posting bond. On Friday, the show's producers announced that they would be removing his character from the final episodes of this season. Source: Nuccio DiNuzzo

Just a day after Jussie Smollett found himself formally in legal jeopardy, for filing a false police report, the actor's job appears to be in jeopardy as well. Executive producers of the Fox program announced Friday that his character,

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