Smollett plays Jamal, the son of Henson's and Howard's characters, Cookie and Lucious.
Smollett was written off of the remainder of Season 5 amid his legal troubles.
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Fox said in a statement to Deadline.com Tuesday that Smollett's contract has been extended to Season 6, but there are "no plans" to bring Jamal back.
Smollett's representatives released a statement, thanking his cast-mates for their support and confirming, "We've been told that Jussie will not be on 'Empire' in the beginning of the season but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal's future open."
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