May 13 (UPI) -- Empire will end after a sixth and final season on Fox.
"We are turning the final season into a television event," Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said.
"There's an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that," he said, adding the writers haven't started work.
News of Empire's cancellation comes just two weeks after Fox renewed the series for Season 6. Fox also said at the time there were "no plans" to bring Smollett back.
Smollett was accused in February of staging a hate crime assault on himself. Prosecutors ultimately dropped the case and Smollett maintains he was the victim of an attack.