Is Diddy acting like Empire‘s own Lucious Lyon? Sounds like it! According to Page Six, the rap mogul has banned his adopted son, Quincy, 23, from appearing on the hit Fox show.
Empire has found quick success on Fox. It has surpassed American Idol in the ratings and it has already been ordered for a second season after its third episode aired. To break it down, Empire’s premiere earned 9.8 million viewers, and Episodes 2 and 3 earned 10.3 million and 10.9 million viewers, respectively. The recent episode that aired attracted 11.3 million people, which is quite the feat for a brand new series. That said, Diddy is not a huge fan of the show, if reports are believed.
If you haven’t heard of Quincy — besides being the adopted son of Diddy, he’s also an aspiring rapper-actor. He’s the biological son of Al B. Sure and Kim Porter, who Diddy dated. Quincy released a single called “Friends First.”
According to Page Six, Diddy’s adopted son, Quincy, was “guaranteed a role” by producers of the show, but the deal fell through when Quincy had to give 20th Century Fox the rights to his music.
Apparently, sources told the outlet that it wasn’t Quincy’s decision to turn down the Fox show starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
“Diddy hit the roof when he learned that his son would have to sign over a portion of his music rights in relation to the show to Fox.”
The source continued, “Diddy kicked up a huge stink and called all the top brass at 20th Century Fox TV to get them to change their rules over music rights,” but he didn’t get his way.
“He said there was no way his son was signing over his intellectual property. So he banned him from the show.”
As of right now, Quincy isn’t closing the door completely on Empire. According to a source, he’s still in the running for a role on the second season, but it’s unknown on where everyone (Diddy) will stand on Fox’s music contract, which is similar to the contract they have their Idols sign.
“Lee [Daniels] is super excited about having Quincy on the show.”
If Diddy’s son makes an appearance on the show, he would be in very good company. So far, Empire has gotten guest stars such as Cuba Gooding, Jr., Naomi Campbell, and up next is Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson, and possibly T.I.
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