Empire fans may be seeing a little less of Lucious Lyon when the hit FOX series returns in less than a month.
According to Page Six, Terrence Howard’s role has been slightly scaled back due to his drama outside of work.
Per Page Six:
A source tells Page Six that Howard’s role in the upcoming second season of “Empire” will be scaled back because of his recent divorce drama and numerous prior allegations of domestic abuse, which have resurfaced in recent weeks.
On the music drama, the 46-year-old Oscar nominee plays Lucious Lyon, the founder and CEO of Empire Entertainment. At the end of the show’s smash first season, Lucious was arrested for murder, but according to our source, it’s more than a storyline — it’s a calculated move to keep Howard on the sidelines.
“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.”
Fox had no comment about Howard’s changing role on “Empire.” His rep didn’t return a request for comment, either.
Only time will tell…
Hopefully Terrence’s personal life doesn’t end up affecting his pockets.
Empire returns on September 23 at 9 p.m.