The Fox drama will end with the upcoming sixth and final season.
Once a major ratings hit, the series starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson has seen a decline in viewership—as have most traditional network programs.
In a press release, Fox said the upcoming sixth and final season “promises to be filled with drama, shocking surprises and more jaw-dropping moments.”
On a conference call, Fox boss Charlie Collier said they were turning the final season into “a large television event” and promised it was going out “guns a-blazing” and fans will get the ending “they deserve.”
After the season five finale, Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney said plans for the sixth season weren’t set in stone yet, so his return is still up in the air.
On a conference call discussing the 2019 fall TV schedule, a Fox exec reiterated the statement the network released following the renewal and said, “At this point we have no plans for [Smollett returning].”