It’s official: Jussie Smollett will not be in the final two episodes of “Empire” this season:

Statement from the show’s creators:

And with that news, we’re seeing reports that Jussie is getting ready to play the addict card:

It’s not his fault, guys!

Jussie will soon do for drug addicts what he did for hate-crime victims?

Now, he did reportedly buy drugs from these accomplices so this is probably a smart move on his part as he gets ready to mount a defense, even if he doesn’t have a legit drug problem:

But if this fails, get ready for Jussie to smear those with legit mental health issues:


Editor’s note: We’ve corrected some spelling mistakes. D’oh.