"Empire" fans got the shock of a lifetime when a fake report started doing the rounds that the Fox TV show has been shelved for its second season.
The report had originated from the New York Times News which is known for writing satirical pieces that appear true.
"It appears 'Empire' won't be around for another season like producers planned. Allegedly the show is cancelled until further notice. The news comes as a shocker seeing how Fox gross its highest views in year," reported the website and this got the fans panicking all over Twitter.
In order to make it sound more authentic, the article also carried fake statements from the team of the series. "We would like to thank everyone who supported the show last season. We are keeping hope alive that Lee Daniels works this out with Fox so we can get back to filming one of the biggest shows of all time."
But US actor-singer Jussie Smollett later confirmed on Twitter that it was a hoax and should be ignored, while assuring a worried fan.
After she confirmed that fans will get to know about the fate of Jamal Lyson, unhappy Twitter users expressed that the fake story was not taken in the right spirit.
The season 1 finale had broken all the previous records, as it showed a whopping of about 16.7 million viewers watching Jamal being named as the next CEO of Empire Entertainment.
Fans expect "Empire" to renew its new season sometime around September 2015.
LRT, Where are all those rumour mongers that kept claiming Empire was cancelled? Too many people that are too lazy to fact-check.— Ese (@exotiknuella) April 26, 2015
Empire isn't cancelled or leaving FOX. Please stop giving satire sites any relevancy.— Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) April 21, 2015