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Did Jussie Smollett Announce His Exit from Empire?


Credit: Chris Fragapane/FOXHis character got shot by Freda Gatz on Wednesday night’s episode of Empire.  Now Jussie Smollett may be having fun with his “on life support” storyline.

Or maybe he’s leaving the show?

The actor, who plays Jamal Lyon on the hit FOX drama series, set the blogosphere ablaze shortly after midnight with a tweet that makes it seem as if he’s leaving the show.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time w/ @EmpireFOX,” Jussie tweeted. “I love you all. Truth. Time 2 make a record & some movies. #Empire”

Smollett is a former publicist for his sister, actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell, so he may only be teasing to keep die-hard fans in suspense about this week’s cliffhanger.  It seems unlikely he’s leaving the show — Empire debuted in January of 2015 and was an immediate hit, making him and other of his co-stars overnight sensations.  Since then, he’s appeared on magazine covers, performed on American Idol and at The White House, and topped the Billboard charts with Empire-related music projects.

Smollett could only be announcing his plans for the summer break before shooting on Empire resumes in Chicago in a few months.

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