Crew members on the hit Fox show Empire are labeling guest co-star Nia Long a diva after a series of events took place during the star’s appearance on the drama.
It’s hard to think of Nia as anything less than magical and sweet, but according to sources working on Empire, Long was disrespectful and unprofessional during her run. Now, cast and crew claim they don’t want to work with her again. Yikes.
Sources tell TMZ that one of the several occurrences that took place during Long’s time on the show is when the actress went HAM on hair and makeup because she didn’t like the look. Nia’s flip-out in hair and makeup allegedly caused the team to file a complaint against the beauty.
There had also been previous reports claiming Taraji P. Henson started beefing with Long over how she treated the staff.
Sources also tell the news outlet that Long, a mother of two, was “habitually late.” It got to the point where producers were forced to use stand-ins so Terrence Howard and Taraji could rehearse their scenes. Per the insider, she was regularly at least 30 minutes late.
And finally, the major kicker: According to reports, Long was livid that producers didn’t say goodbye after shooting her final scene. Sources claim the actress threatened to file a lawsuit over not being properly released. (For all you actors out there, you’ll know it’s often standard for the director or assistant director to call the star’s name and thank them as they wrap their final scene.)
Nia’s reps, however, are calling bs on all the stories. They explained in a statement that “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 statement added, “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.”
TimesUp! Tracee Ellis Ross Wants More Money For ‘Blackish’
Tracee Ellis Ross is reportedly the latest star tackling gender wage gap in Hollywood head on.
As the #MeTooMovement continues to stay relevant around the world and the TimesUp campaign continues to grow, women are starting to speak out about making less money than their male co-stars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross makes significantly less money than her black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, and now is fighting for equal pay. Per the report, “Ellis Ross feels that if she isn’t brought up to Anderson’s level, she may opt to appear in fewer episodes to make up the disparity by guesting on another show.”
A source at ABC also suggested that a “new deal will significantly increase her compensation and cautioned that Anderson and Ellis Ross’ roles aren’t equal given that he has been attached to Black-ish from the start and is an executive producer.”
SIDE NOTE: That was also the argument when E! News host, Catt Sadler stepped down due to making less than Jason Kennedy. At the time, the network claimed Jason had other duties, which also included his contributions to the Today show.
Ross has yet to comment on the report, but if she does take a step back, this means the show will be more male dominated; after all, Zoe, played by Yara Shahidi, is now in college and has her own spinoff show, Grownish.
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