Hollywood actress Taraji P. Henson has weighed-in on the controversial N-word possibly being used on her hit “Empire” television show.
Approached by paparazzi this past weekend, Taraji revealed her disinterest in the word making it onto the Fox series.
Our TMZ photog asked Henson straight up if she thinks “Empire” should use the inflammatory word to give the show street cred. Seems she’s siding with writer David Rambo. “Ah no, you would piss people off,” Taraji said when asked if “Empire” should use the N-word. (TMZ)
Check out Taraji being approached by the paparazzo on the next page…
Recently, “Empire” star Terrence Howard dished on his issue with the N-word not being used.
I’m mad that we don’t say n*gga in the show. Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stops people from hearing everyday talk? We use n*gga every day. It’s become part of a conversation — why aren’t we using it in the show?” (Entertainment Weekly)
According to producer Lee Daniels, “Empire” will feature high-profile celebrities Common and Oprah Winfrey when season two premieres.
“Yes,” Daniels said, when asked if he writing a part in Season 2 for Oprah. “Yeah, she’s going to be on it.” He didn’t give any details on her role, but we’ll blame the reporter because she didn’t ask. Daniels also said the he was writing a role for rapper/actor Common after Common recently expressed interest in joining Empire. (TV Guide)
Recently, actress Mo’Nique revealed “Empire” producer Lee Daniels envisioned her playing fellow actress Taraji P. Henson‘s “Cookie” character.
“When he called me up, he offered me the role in Empire as Cookie,” she said. Mo’Nique said Daniels even sent her a script. Mo’Nique explained, “Maybe four days had gone by, and I hadn’t heard anything. So I’m trying to reach out to him to say, what time do I need to be in? Where do I need to be? When he finally returned the call, he says listen, the executives at Fox said that you’re difficult.” (Inside Edition)