Empire co-creator Lee Daniels has now confirmed that Jussie Smollett will not be returning to the show.
Daniels was responding to claims that writers were preparing for Smollett's comeback.
The actor was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in January - which he has always denied.
Since the incident, there has been speculation over his future on the show.
Daniels's tweet is the first public confirmation that Smollett will definitely not be coming back for the sixth and final season.