We will be saying goodbye to Empire at the end of the 6th season after Fox announced that the forthcoming season will be the last.
“We are turning the final season into a large TV event — we are trying to go out guns a-blazing,” Fox CEO Charlie Collier said about Empire‘s cancellation “You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”
This follows legal drama with an Empire star, Jussie Smollett, at the middle of it. The star was accused of falsifying a police report which has in turn led to a national drama which has captivated audiences worldwide.
The show was renewed in the midst of all this which led many to believe that everything was okay, but it seems it was simply a false dawn and the show will now end.
Why was it canceled though?
It seems it has to do with ratings with more recent seasons of Empire not enjoying the high viewership rate that the first 2 seasons got and the declining rate of views has ultimately led to the demise of the Fox show.
Empire’s cancellation is just another example of a troubling trend which has seen a lot of shows with Black leads getting pulled from the air including Lethal weapon with Damon Wayans, Proven Innocent with Russell Hornsby and Star with Lee Daniels. Colier has said that diversity is still important to Fox, stating: “The diversity of Fox is an issue that is so important and an ongoing effort for us to make sure we’re best in class. As I was looking at Fox and joining, what’s remarkable is that the history of this company and what it’s done in terms of diversity,
“If you look across our slate in terms of scripted and unscripted and sports, we really are doing a good job but the job never stops. The effort continues, it never stops.”