After a scathing item from Page Six, actor Trai Byers (Andre, Empire) is pushing back at the reports, and letting people know that they are simply not true, and in fact, he loves his role on the Fox hip hop sudser, and has plans to return for its third season.
The rumors started when Page Six sources revealed Byers was ready to leave Empire: “Trai wants out. He feels that he studied at Yale and he’s a ‘true thespian’ . . . The character is beneath him. He has an idea of himself as being this big Shakespearean actor.” Another source added, “He thinks he has the acting chops of Taraji (P. Henson)and Terrence (Howard). He doesn’t get how the show benefits him, and he feels he has way too much talent when he’s not the star by any means.” The source also noted: “Trai threw a temper tantrum during filming in the past few weeks, saying, ‘I don’t get to do enough, I might leave.’ But producers called his bluff and said, ‘Fine, if you’re not happy, we don’t need you.’ He thinks he is a brilliant guy who deserves a better role, but he’s hardly one of the most popular or dynamic actors on the show.”
Now Trai took to his Instagram acccount on late Thursday night to dispel the rumors with this statement: “I don’t normally spend my time dispelling rumors, but there is something I’d like to address. I have nothing but love and respect for ‘Empire’ and all who are involved on the show. I have a fabulous relationship with FOX, and hold myself to the highest standards professionally. How could I think of demanding something larger than Andre, where I get to express a man with Bipolar disorder, who is on a spiritual journey to find his identity? I’m so proud, so happy, and so lucky to be a part of this cast. This show has started my career. See you in Season Three!”
Empire wrapped its second season on Thursday and look for the show to return for more of its second season on March 30th!
So, are you glad to hear Trai Byers is refuting the rumors and staying put on Empire? Do you enjoy his performances as Andre? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!