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Jussie Smollett is reportedly suicidal after his character, Jamal Lyon, was axed from Fox TV’s soap opera Empire next season. Variety.com reports Empire was renewed at the final hour on Tuesday. 20th Century Fox executives negotiated a contract extension for Smollett, but decided not to bring his character back next season.

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Empire creator Lee Daniels shared the cast reaction to Jussie Smollett's ongoing criminal case in a video on his Instagram account on Wednesday night.

The fallout continues as Empire's TV ratings crashed to a new low for the 2nd consecutive week.

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Fox Television executives are probably rethinking their decision not to scrub all of actor Jussie Smollett's scenes from the 2nd half of Empire's season 5, which returned on March 13 - nearly a month after the disgraced co-lead star was arrested in Chicago for filing a false police report.

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Actor Jussie Smollett plead not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police investigators about an alleged hate crime. Smollett walked into Leighton Criminal Courthouse with his attorneys and bodyguard for his court appearance on March 14.

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Actor Jussie Smollett may have got the idea for his hoax homophobic attack from an emotional Instagram post by Lee Daniels. The Empire director wrote a heartfelt Instagram post on Jan. 10, after his cousin was assaulted because of his homosexuality.

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Jussie Smollett is no longer a cast member of Fox TV's hit musical Empire. The disgraced actor's character, Jamal Lyon, was written out of the last 5 episodes of the 2nd half of season 5, which returns from the fall break in March.

Empire fans can say with certainty that the body in the casket in season 5's dramatic finale is Jamal Lyon.

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Jussie Smollett's Empire co-stars embraced the troubled actor as he returned to the set hours after posting a $100,000 bond and surrendering his passport on Thursday. Smollett, 36, was arrested early Wednesday and charged with a felony for filing a false police report.

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Jussie Smollett is in police custody in Chicago after voluntarily surrendering early Thursday morning. Smollett is charged with a Class 4 felony for filing a false police report.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett, 36, staged a hate crime to earn more money as an actor on the Fox musical Empire.

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Chicago's top attorney Kim Foxx has recused herself from the investigation into her friend, actor Jussie Smollett, star of Fox TV's music Empire. Foxx's spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said Foxx recused herself "out of an abundance of caution" to avoid "questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case."

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Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray

Despite issuing a statement saying Fox would continue to stand behind actor Jussie Smollett, Empire producers have "drastically cut" Smollett's scenes after his MAGA attack story backfired on him.

Smollett is pictured above left with Empire co-star Bryshere "Yazz" Gray in a photo dated May 17, 2017.

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After 2 days of interrogations, the Chicago Police Department released two Nigerian brothers late Friday without charges in the Jussie Smollett hate crime case. The brothers are no longer considered suspects, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who said "new evidence" has emerged.

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The cast of Empire is filming a big funeral scene for a major character who dies on the final season of the FOX TV musical. According to Twitter users, film crews were spotted inside the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue in Chicago on Friday.

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Fox TV has lost so much commercial ads revenue on the one-time smash hit Empire, that the program was renewed for a 4th season to recoup the losses.

According to TV by the Numbers, Empire's ratings have fallen steadily since the debut season, but it's still the No. 1 drama (and No. 2 show overall) among adults 18-49 on the broadcast networks.

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Empire Season 3 Episode 1

Last night's Empire season 3 opener took up where season 2 left off. Pregnant Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) and Rhonda Lyon (Kaitlin Doubleday) fought in a duel to the death.

The sociopath, Anika, already killed Rhonda's baby to secure her unborn baby's rightful spot as heir to the Lyon empire.

Click the link to see which one of these ladies will haunt your dreams this season on Empire.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Empire Season 3

Remember the Empire season 2 finale that ended with either pregnant Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) or Rhonda Lyon (Kaitlin Doubleday) going over a balcony?

In tonight's Empire season 3 opener, viewers will see which one was pushed off the balcony -- or if neither one took the plunge.

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Empire star Gabourey Sidibe stunned her Instagram.com followers by posting photos showing her dramatic weight loss!

No, she isn't sick. The 33-year-old actress was tired of hating her reflection in the mirror. So she went on a crash diet and the results are amazing!

click the link to see what she looks like now.

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Empire's finale fizzled rather than going out with a bang. The show ended with a cliffhanger that was as weak as day old coffee.

The best scenes occurred when Rhonda went for Anika's throat after concluding it was Anika who caused her to lose her baby.

What woman didn't feel Rhonda's pain when she went for Anika's neck? Yet the ultimate showdown between Rhonda and Anika didn't bring the drama that Empire viewers expected and deserved after tolerating the show's quirky script writing all season.

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