Lee Daniels’s drama series Empire is the hottest new show on TV and already boasts an impressive lineup of guest stars, but Diddy's son Quincy Brown won't be one of them. The real-life rap mogul pulled his adopted son from the cast after getting into a fight with 20th Century Fox TV over music rights, Page Six reports.
Sources say Brown was guaranteed a role on the show about a family-run hip hop record label (starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson), but Diddy pulled the plug when he learned that his son would have to sign over a portion of his music rights in relation to the show to Fox.
Stars on the show are subject to music contracts similar to those on other shows like Glee or American Idol, and the Timbaland-produced soundtrack is sold on iTunes and Spotify.
“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, a source reveals. “He said there was no way his son was signing 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’s 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 Diddy agrees to the intellectual property issue.
Reps for both Fox and Diddy declined to comment.
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