Looks like there’s some drama behind the scenes of Empire.
It’s being reported that Nia Long and Taraji P. Henson butted heads after Long’s behavior on set left a sour taste for cast and crew.
According to TMZ, the show’s hair and makeup team have lodged a complaint against Long. Multiple people allege that the Love Jones actress was rude and unprofessional on set, with sources adding that the show has had numerous guests “from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia.”
Sources report that Long was regularly late, leaving cast members Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard waiting on set, often being a no-show.
Long even allegedly told production that she planned to sue the show after the cast and crew became too distracted to say their farewells on her last day of filming.
It’s pretty custom for guest stars to receive recognition on their last day, but the source revealed that because Howard was having some sort of allergic reaction, everyone got caught up in trying to help the actor. The Love Jones actress allegedly told production that the “goodbye” was in her contract, however, production denies that it was.
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Reports also go on to add that beef between Long and Henson all started with a joke.
Henson reportedly asked if Long was on her period after the actress chewed out another cast member. The cast member had allegedly joked that Long was on “Black people time,” which led to the actress throwing a fit and Henson jokingly saying, “What are you, on your period? Is it that time, girlfriend?”
Long’s reps deny the allegations, telling TMZ, “We stand by our comments that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard. We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show.”
Not too long ago Henson and Long were posing for a cute selfie, if these rumors are true, it seems those days are long gone.