*Things did not go well for Jamal Lyon this week on “Empire,” and when Jussie Smollett sent a tweet early Thursday that appeared he would be leaving the Fox drama, the fate of his character seemed all but sealed.
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) May 12, 2016
In Wednesday’s cliffhanger, Smollett’s character was shot by Freda (who was aiming at Lucious) and rushed into surgery.
However, EW reported Thursday that Smollett is not leaving the show because he’s still under contract.
Also, look no further than the episode description for next week’s season finale, when Jamal has a “life-changing experience” that causes him to suspend his music career.