FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Producers from the hit series Empire have said they’ve swiftly move to replace Jussie Smollett from their show, replacing him with Poochie the Dog, known from The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie show.

“Poochie is a wonderful edition,” head writer Lee Daniels said. “We think he can slide right into a lead role and continue our show’s success that we saw under Jussie.”

The first episode with Poochie will center around him returning from his home planet to work at Empire Entertainment.