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    Updated on Sep 27, 2019. Posted on Sep 26, 2019

    "Empire" Handled Writing Off Jussie Smollett In The Quickest Moment

    It happened in a flash.

    Empire star Jussie Smollett has officially been written off the show in the wake of the alleged attack on him, which was first investigated as a hate crime before being dismissed as a hoax. (Smollett ended up escaping charges for filing a false police report but is still being sued by the city of Chicago for legal costs, per Deadline.)

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    Now Jussie's character, Jamal Lyon, has been excised from the plot. Last night in the sixth season premiere, it was finally explained where Jamal went — and the moment was so brief, you may have even missed it.

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    Jussie was written off in a quick exchange between Taraji P. Henson's character, Cookie, and Gabourey Sidibe's character, Becky Williams.

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    When Becky told Cookie, “Jamal and I used to wear these to our sleepovers all the time,” Cookie shared Jamal's whereabouts.

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    “No wonder that boy ran off to London,” Cookie said.

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    “I thought he was running away from Lyon drama,” Becky replied.

    “I really miss him,” Cookie added. “Please don’t get me started. I miss him so much.”

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    That's it. Thirty seconds of dialogue.

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    The sixth season of Empire will be the last one.

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