“Empire” has also drawn notable guest stars such as Naomi Campbell and Cuba Gooding Jr. We’re told that producers are poised to announce that Rita Ora andJennifer Hudson have landed roles. Meanwhile, a multitude of actors and musicians — including Ashton Kutcher and T.I. — have approached producers about signing on.
Sources say Quincy was guaranteed a role on the show about a family-run hip-hop record label Howard and Taraji P. Henson, but 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. Music is Diddy’s business, in fact one could say he is Lucious Lyon the fictitious Record mogul on “Empire,” so one might sat he knows a little somethin’, somethin’ about music and intellectual properties.
Stars on the show are subject to music contracts similar to those on other shows like “Glee” or “American Idol,” which propel their players into superstardom. “Empire” features a score curated by hit-maker Timbaland and includes original songs that are sold on iTunes and Spotify.
A source revealed that, “Diddy threw a hissy fit 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 rsigning over his intellectual property. So he banned him from the show.”
Actor and singer Quincy, 23, is the son of music producer Al B. Sure! and Combs’ former girlfriend Kim Porter. Combs adopted Quincy while in a long-term relationship with Porter.
Another source told us Quincy — who just released his first single, “Friends First” — is still being considered for a role on the second season. “Lee’s super excited about having Quincy on the show,” we’re told, as long as his dad relents on the intellectual property issue. Reps for both Fox and Diddy declined to comment Monday night.
The show has become one of the most view and fastest growing audiences on tv.