June 5 (UPI) -- Empire star Jussie Smollett won't return in Season 6.
Series co-creator Lee Daniels denied Tuesday the 36-year-old actor will reprise Jamal Lyon in the sixth and final season of the Fox series.
Daniels spoke out on Twitter following reports Smollett will appear in the new season.
"This is not factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire," he wrote.
Variety said Tuesday the Empire writing staff was proposing ideas for Season 6 with the expectation Smollett would return.
Smollett said in January he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, but was later accused of staging the crime. Prosecutors ultimately dropped the case, but Smollett faced heavy backlash and was written out of the final episodes of Season 5.
"There's an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that," Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier reiterated at the time.