There has been an ongoing rumor on social media platforms that “Jussie Smollet” who plays the character of Jamal in Empire has been fired or rather is leaving the show after Jamal is killed on Episode 18,Season 2.
A section of the media is reporting that Jussie will be leaving the show after Fox failed to raise his pay leading to his character getting killed towards the end of season 3.
A tweet posted by the gay star also stirred things after it insinuated he was actually leaving.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time w/ @EmpireFOX. I love you all. Truth. Time 2 make a record & some movies. #Empire,” he wrote, ending the tweet with a rose emoji” tweeted Jussie.
“However, EW.com has learned Smollett is not leaving the show and remains under contract.
The tweet followed up Wednesday’s cliffhanger episode of Fox’s hit music drama, during which Smollett’s character was shot and rushed into surgery.
As of Thursday morning, more than 2,000 fans had retweeted the message as Twitter users asked what it signaled for his character Jamal’s future. Smollett has been a fixture on the show since its debut in 2015, playing Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) gay son who transforms into a music superstar,’ published Ew.com.