More Cookie, Less Terrence Howard on Empire Season Two

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 14:  Terence Howard attends a photocall for the "Empire" TV series during the 55th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 14, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

More Cookie, Less Terrence Howard on Empire Season Two

The actor's relationship drama is to blame.

Published August 27, 2015

Terrence Howard’s personal drama may be costing him his Empire.

According to Page Six, the actor's role in the upcoming second season of hit series will be scaled back because of his recent divorce proceedings, which illuminated his alleged history of domestic abuse.

The season one finale of Empire saw Howard's character arrested for murder, a plotline designed specifically for this reason, the insider says.

“What they are doing is two-fold,” said the source. “They have him locked up so you won’t be seeing him in as many scenes. But they are bringing in so many, and I mean so many, guest stars and cameos that the average viewer won’t realize it because there is so much going on.”

One welcome side effect of the news: Taraji P. Henson’s character Cookie Lyon will be pushed to the forefront, the insider adds. “She’s going to start dropping off from the flashback scenes and then they’re going to have her guns blazing,” said the source.

Howard is embroiled in a bitter divorce case with ex-wife Michelle Ghent, and also quietly divorced his fourth and most recent wife, Mira Pak, earlier this year. The couple welcomed their son Qirin in February.

In other news, reports Serayah, who plays Tiana Brown, is promoted to a season  two regular.  Last season, she only appeared in six episodes, but this season, which premieres September 23, we will see much more of the up and coming actress. Check out our interview with her below! is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music. 

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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