By Rachel Mcgrath For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:41 BST, 30 April 2019 | Updated: 23:56 BST, 30 April 2019
Actor Jussie Smollett will not be returning to TV show Empire.
On Tuesday, Fox announced it is renewing the drama for a sixth season but without Smollett's character, at least for now.
'By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire,' the media corporation said in a statement, as reported by Variety.
Out: Actor Jussie Smollett will not be returning to TV show Empire. Fox announced Tuesday it's renewed the show for a sixth season with no plans for his character Jamal
The fact Fox negotiated 'an extension' to Smollett's contract means that technically he could make a return at some later point.
But it might also just be the result of a bargain struck between the actor and the network which would see him