CHICAGO (CBS) — The co-creator of “Empire” said Jussie Smollett will not return for the show’s sixth and final season.

Lee Daniels tweeted a denial to an earlier report by Variety that the show’s writers were planning a comeback for Smollett’s character.

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Smollett was dropped from the show after questions arose about his reported racist and homophobic attack in Chicago earlier this year.

Charges against the actor were ultimately dropped sparking controversy.

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