According to Page Six, Empire star Trai Byers, who plays Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard’s son Andre on the hit show, apparently wants out.
“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,” an insider told the site.
While initially Byers was excited to join Empire in its debut season, sources say 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.”
But sources close to Empire told Page Six Trai isn’t quitting or being fired – for now.
Would you miss Trai if he ultimately decided to leave the show for good?