as you know from my writing,
i’ve been complaining real heavy about empire’s second season.
almost everything is wrong.
a lot of people i know are slowly jumpin’ ship.
well it seems andre lyon,
aka trai byers,
wants out of empire.
according to page six…
“Empire” star Trai Byers — who plays Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard’s son Andre on the smash series — wants out of the Fox show, sources exclusively told Page Six. And producers are prepared to let him leave after some behind-the-scenes diva behavior.
“Trai wants out,” said an insider. “He feels that he studied at Yale and he’s a ‘true thespian’ . . . The character is beneath him. He has an idea of himself as being this big Shakespearean actor.”
While Byers was ecstatic to land a role on “Empire” in its debut season, sources said he doesn’t agree with the direction the show’s taken.
“At first, being on ‘Empire’ was major for him. But he feels his character is not as important this season, and he hates not being the star,” said a source. “He thinks he has the acting chops of Taraji and Terrence. He doesn’t get how the show benefits him, and he feels he has way too much talent when he’s not the star by any means.”
Another insider added: “Trai threw a temper tantrum during filming in the past few weeks, saying, ‘I don’t get to do enough, I might leave.’ But producers called his bluff and said, ‘Fine, if you’re not happy, we don’t need you.’ He thinks he is a brilliant guy who deserves a better role, but he’s hardly one of the most popular or dynamic actors on the show.”
The insider added: “He also fired all his reps for not getting him big movie roles.”
Byers, engaged off-screen to co-star Grace Gealey, “was up for a new Muhammad Ali movie, and in his mind he was very close to getting it,” another source said. “He fired [his team] when he didn’t, and now no one knows how to reach out to him. He’s even fired ICM.”
But a source close to “Empire” told us: “It’s the last week of filming the season, and he’s not quitting, nor is he being fired, for now.”
Fox had no comment. Byers couldn’t be reached.
i will say he is one of the best actors on the show.
i will also say they don’t do his character any justice.
they could have totally went somewhere with the “bipolar” story line.
instead they have him looking pathetic,
like boo boo kitty,
sitting up there begging for his father’s approval.
it seems like they are putting all the focus on:
making the album: jamal edition
hakeem and el virgen latina
cookie and whatever that cuban is hiding
cookie and her sister’s drama
fantasia loaf and lucious
…but they pushed the snow bunny down the stairs,
probably killing the fetus,
which will end up with andre to beg for more approval.
so i can see why he would want to go.
as much as we can call him a “fool”,
why stick around if your character is going to shits?
even though i will miss all his wolf tail shots:
….the show does center around 3 brothers and their dysfunction.
if andre is removed…
Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose?
lowkey: this could all be pr.
we didn’t hear about all this early in the hiatus.
we’ll keep your nose in this story.
i would love to play a role on that show.
be jamal’s love interest/he bitch.
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