Empire’s spring premiere episode aired last night, and earlier in the day, TMZ coincidentally burped up a story about how guest star Nia Long and Taraji P. Henson got along about as well as Terrence Howard gets along with an asshole that hasn’t been freshly touched by a baby wipe. Today, TMZ has burped up more details about Nia’s alleged rampage on the Empire set, and E! News has also joined in on the foolery with info of their own. This is giving me shades of Dynasty gossip, but I’m not sure who’s the Krystle and who’s the Alexis? What am I saying? Taraji is the Alexis, Dominique, Sable and Krystle. Nia is one of the party extras.
Nia is playing one of Lucious Lyon’s exes in the remaining season 3 episodes, and her character and Cookie go to war. TMZ said yesterday that Nia and Taraji also went to war on set and it got so bad that they almost had to go The Good Wife route by shooting the scenes they were in together separately. Nia and Taraji apparently stopped talking to each other completely. Sources say that Taraji didn’t like the way Nia treated the crew. The crew also didn’t like the way Nia treated them. TMZ reported today that the makeup and hair people filed a complaint against Nia and it’s the first time that they’ve ever complained about anyone. Nia allegedly screamed at them when she didn’t like the way they did her up.
Sources also say that Nia was always late and regularly kept Taraji and Baby Wipes waiting. Nia apparently saved her greatest diva fit for the grand finale.
On the last day of shooting for a guest star, the Assistant Director usually calls it a wrap for that actor and asks everyone to clap for them. The A.D. didn’t do that for Nia and she lost it and threatened to sue after claiming the “goodbye” was in her contract. TMZ’s source says that it wasn’t in her contract.
The A.D. apparently didn’t give it up for Nia, because Terrence had an allergic reaction to something and they needed to find him some Benadryl. Someone probably wiped their b-hole with toilet paper instead of a baby wipe and Terrence’s nose sniffed it out and his delicate sensibilities couldn’t take it.
E!’s sources co-sign nearly everything that TMZ threw down, and they added that Nia earned a place in Satan’s dead heart by screaming over something involving a Make-A-Wish kid. One little girl’s wish was to visit the Empire set and once Nia was done shooting, the crew prepared her trailer for the girl. Nia didn’t like that.
“It was when Nia made a big scene and claimed to ‘file a lawsuit’ against the crew after they rewrapped her trailer for a girl in the Make-a-Wish Foundation whose wish was to come to Empire. Nia had finished filming and left so they changed her trailer into the Make-a-Wish girl’s trailer. Then Nia popped back up and threw a giant fit when she saw it. [Nia and Taraji] argued pretty badly in front of everyone.”
Nia’s rep denied everything I just wrote about. But they made me believe that everything I just wrote about is true by saying this: “This is nothing but another complete fabrication about a series that has been plagued by constant rumors of drama and misconduct.”
If that Make-A-Wish mess is true, then every Disney villain is going to want to slide up next to Nia and ask her to teach them her evil ways. But still, after all that, Nia would be 100% correct if she walked away from the set while saying, “Okay, but I’m still not as much of a flaming dingle on a dirty ass as much as Terrence Howard is.”