Find Out Which Original 'Empire' Star Just Left the Show

EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Jussie Smollet, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Taraji P. Henson and Bryshere Gray on EMPIRE. The spring premiere episode of EMPIRE airs Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: James Dimmock/FOX

Find Out Which Original 'Empire' Star Just Left the Show

A major change is coming to the third season.

Published September 15, 2016

One big change is coming to the new season of Empire, as it was confirmed that the hit show is losing a star who's responsible for a major part of its success.

According to Billboard, after serving as the show's music supervisor for two seasons, Timbaland will no longer be a part of the Empire family.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11:  Producer/rapper Timbaland attends the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for VH1)
(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for VH1)

Now that Timbo has left, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Ester Dean have both signed on to fulfill Empire's extensive music responsibilities for the upcoming third season.

"We were happy to work with Timbaland during the first two seasons," said Shawn Holiday, senior VP of A&R for Columbia Records. "But we wanted to take a different approach for season three."

Jerkins and Dean, who have worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Brandy, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and more, collectively, seem to be the perfect people for the job, according to Holiday.

"Rodney is a dynamic, multi-format producer experienced in urban, rhythmic and pop," he said. "And Dean excels at writing big songs with catchy hooks."

The third season of Empire premieres on September 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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