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[Warning: The following post contains spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of Empire.]

Jamal Lyon’s days aren’t numbered after all, even though Empire actor Jussie Smollett hinted at his departure via Twitter Thursday.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time w/ @EmpireFOX. I love you all. Truth. Time 2 make a record & some movies. #Empire,” he wrote, ending the tweet with a rose emoji.

However, EW has learned Smollett is not leaving the show and remains under contract.

The tweet followed up Wednesday’s cliffhanger episode of Fox’s hit music drama, during which Smollett’s character was shot and rushed into surgery.

As of Thursday morning, more than 2,000 fans had retweeted the message as Twitter users asked what it signaled for his character Jamal’s future. Smollett has been a fixture on the show since its debut in 2015, playing Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) gay son who transforms into a music superstar.

A rep for Smollett and Fox have not yet responded to EW’s request for comment.

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Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created this Fox drama about a kingpin of hip-hop (played by Terrence Howard) and his family, who fight him for control of the empire.
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