"Empire" star Taraji P. Henson said Thursday that she believes her castmate Jussie Smollett will return to the show for its upcoming sixth season.

In an interview on ABC's "The View," Henson stated that she had not heard any announcements about Smollett's potential exit from the show following accusations that he submitted a false report of a hate crime to Chicago police, a controversy that ended last month with charges against Smollett being dropped.

Smollett was suspended from the show for the remainder of last season, the show's fifth, amid the controversy. 


“I talk to Jussie all the time, and he’s doing well. We’re all doing well, the show is doing well," said Henson, who stars as the family's matriarch "Cookie" on Empire.

"Will [Jussie] still be on the show?" asked co-host Joy Behar.

"Yes, I haven't heard anything else," Henson responded.

Smollett earlier this year claimed to have been attacked by two men shouting pro-Trump slogans as well as homophobic and racist slurs in a Chicago neighborhood just after midnight while he was returning from a restaurant.

Police later charged Smollett with 16 felony counts for allegedly lying to police about the attack. Two suspects involved in the case reportedly told police that Smollett hired them to stage an attack. The charges against Smollett were later dropped, prompting outrage from city officials.

Smollett has maintained his innocence following the city's decision to drop the charges against him, while some including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) have called for the actor to reimburse law enforcement for the resources spent investigating his case.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE pledged last month that the FBI and Justice Department would review the case, calling it "outrageous."

“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago,” the president tweeted.

“It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” he added.

He had also criticized the actor following reports Smollett was involved in allegedly faking the attack.