Empire: Coming to an End!

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We knew this day would come, but we didn't expect it to be so soon!

Fox has confirmed Empire will officially conclude with its upcoming sixth season. 

The news comes as a surprise given that it is still a reliable performer in the ratings, but the show likely comes with a heavy price tag given the star names in the likes of Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. 

Cookie Wants to Win - Empire Season 5 Episode 2

Fox CEO Charlie Collier revealed the decision to end the drama for good during a conference call with reporters. 

“We’re turning the final season of Empire into a large television event,” Collier said.

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“We are going out guns-a-blazing. Six years is a pretty remarkable run for a drama series.”

The show's future was cast into doubt earlier this year when actor Jussie Smollett alleged that he was attacked in Chicago in the dead of night by two white males. 

Cookie in Danger - Empire Season 5 Episode 7

What followed was a lot of back and forth, with Smollett maintaining his innocence, despite being charged with falsifying a police report. 

The charges were subsequently dropped. Still, Jussie was ousted from the final two episodes of Empire Season 5, with his character going off on his honeymoon. 

However, there's word that Jussie could return during Season 6 after the decision to extend his contract. 

Empire Season 5 concluded last week, with a wild finale that left the marriage of Cookie and Lucious on the brink of destruction. 

Going at it - Empire Season 5 Episode 12

Empire Season 5 averaged 4.5 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 in live + same day ratings. It was down over 25 percent year-to-year. 

Still, it was Fox's second highest-rated drama. 

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The show's demise comes just days after Fox canceled sister series, Star, which was also a reliable performer in the ratings. 

It's unclear whether the Jussie Smollett scandal played any part in the decision to end the franchise. 

Tragedy for Andre - Empire Season 5 Episode 12

Fox confirmed earlier today that Empire would be moving to Tuesdays at 9/8c in the fall. 

An episode count has yet to be confirmed. 

What are your thoughts on this news?

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Remember you can watch Empire online right here via TV Fanatic. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Empire Quotes

Cookie's coming home.

Cookie

I started selling drugs when I was 9 years old in Philadelphia. I did it to feed myself. But it was the music that played in my head that kept me alive when I thought I was going to get shot. And it was the melodies that I dreamt about that keep me warm when I was sleeping in the streets.

Lucious