Here’s how ‘Empire’ wrote off Jussie Smollett in the season 6 premiere

Warning: This story contains spoilers from Empire season 6, episode 1.

A mere footnote. Jussie Smollett’s Empire character, Jamal Lyon, was nowhere in sight on the season 6 premiere on Tuesday, September 24, nearly eight months after the actor’s alleged attack.

Jamal’s mother, Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), briefly explained his absence while talking to his friend Becky Williams (Gabourey Sidibe) in a kitchen. Both women were wearing pajamas, and when Cookie poked fun at Becky’s cat-patterned onesie, Becky pointed out that she used to wear similar clothes to sleepovers with Jamal.

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

“I thought he was running away from Lyon drama,” Becky mused. “I really miss him.”

Cookie replied, “Please don’t get me started. I miss him so much.” She then changed the subject: “Anyway, why do we need to have this slumber party?”

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