Hollywood actress Nia Long isn't here for the Cookie Lyon beef rumors. The "Empire" cast member has denied having a feud with Taraji P. Henson.
Approached by paparazzi this week, Long ended widespread feud speculation about clashing with the fellow "Empire" star.
"None of that is true, I love Taraji. She's an amazing actress. There's no beef with us at all - Taraji is a wonderful actress. She deserves all the accolades she's getting. It's never been about that. I respect her, she respects me, the work is the work." (TMZ)
Last week, "Empire" showrunner Ilene Chaiken addressed the rumored cast members' feud.
"Nia is a gifted actress and we're grateful for the incredible work she did on 'Empire' in this pivotal role. Her character, Giuliana, is a nemesis for Cookie, and the stories in the press would appear to be conflating that fiction with reality. We can't wait for the fans to enjoy her spectacular turn on the show. It's pure 'Empire' drama," Chaiken said in a statement. (Chicago Tribune)
Recent reports claimed a feud sparked over an on-set joke.
Production sources tell TMZ ... Nia showed up late shortly after beginning her stint on the show, prompting one of the male actors to joke, "Damn, why are you on black people time?" We're told that sent Nia into a rage ... chewing the guy out. The actor told her it was just a joke but she continued berating him ... and that's when Taraji fired back - "What are you, on your period? Is it that time, girlfriend?" Things got super heated ... and it set the tone for a relationship that was barely civil. (TMZ)
Earlier the same week, gossip developed over Taraji and Nia having on-set issues with one another.
Multiple production sources tell TMZ, Nia was extremely rude to the people in hair, makeup and wardrobe - something Nia's people strongly deny - which pissed Taraji off something fierce. We're told it got to the point they stopped speaking to each other when they were on set. Our sources say it was next to impossible to film the scenes they did together, and that's why they had actually blocked out how to shoot those scenes separately. (TMZ)
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