Empire viewers have seen the last of Smollett’s Jamal Lyons. In the wake of his legal drama, the actor will not be returning for the Fox drama’s sixth and final season.
Philip Winchester, Law & Order: SVU
Winchester, who brought his ADA Peter Stone to SVU in Season 19 after the cancellation of Chicago Justice, will not return for the long-running procedural’s 21st season, as he tweeted in March.
The television biz is a constantly revolving door, with actors leaving long-running shows only to link up with others.
As the 2018–2019 primetime TV season wrapped up and network execs shifted their attention to the 2019–2020 season, we saw a barrage of headlines about big-name exits and entrances on our favorite shows like Empire, Criminal Minds, This Is Us, Law & Order: SVU and more.
Click through the gallery above to see some of the biggest of those stories, just so you're not surprised come September.