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Nia Long Pissed Off People on the Set of ‘Empire’

Nia Long broke the cardinal rule of Empire. Don’t piss off Cookie aka Taraji P. Henson. More importantly, don’t piss off the people who make Taraji P. Henson, Cookie.

Our sources say in the history of the show the hair and makeup people have only filed one formal complaint for mistreatment … and that was against Nia. The hair and makeup people say she was extremely disrespectful … at times deciding she didn’t like her look at the last minute and then chewing them out. The sources say there have been numerous guest appearances on the show — “from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia.”

Why was Nia Long on this show in the first place? She hasn’t been relevant since the 90’s. This is my favorite part, though.

It is custom on the set when guest stars finish their last scene for the Assistant Director to call it out … “This is (name of actor) last scene,” followed by a “thank you” and applause. When Nia did her last scene, Terrence was having some sort of allergic reaction and his lip began swelling. The A.D. was looking for Benadryl when Nia left. It’s unclear if the A.D. was distracted or just didn’t want to thank Nia, but we’re told as Nia walked out she told someone in production she was going to sue the show because the “goodbye” was in her contract. Production sources say it was not in her contract.

Seriously, try not to laugh at that. Can you really put a “goodbye” clause in your contract? I really want to do this. Whenever I leave McDonald’s, I want everyone to say “goodbye” to me. I’m going to have it on a napkin that I trick the manager into signing.

We reached out to Nia’s rep, who said, “We stand by our comments this morning 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.”
The rep went on to say, “We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight.”

That’s a fair comment. It’s like the Warriors complaining about Kevin Durant’s return to Oklahoma City. They had over a month to be upset, but the story didn’t come out until the night before the rematch. If they were that upset, why did it take them this long to get the story out?

Anyway, watch the all-new season Empire and see if you can spot the real life tension between Nia and Taraji. Or don’t, and see if more stories came out in order to boost ratings.

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