Though the series is as popular as it’s ever been, Fox’s “Empire“ took a noticeable dip in ratings between episode one (16 million viewers) and episode two (13.7 million viewers), and 50 Cent believes he knows why: too much “gay stuff.”
In a since deleted Instagram entry, 50 shared a post by a page called @industryonblast_ that said “Empire“ suffered a slip in ratings because the show has become over saturated with celebrity cameos and too many “gay” scenes.
50, who has been very vocal in disdain for the show, which he feels too closely mirrors his own show, “Power,” teasingly offered his assistance in the accompanying caption writing in part “COOKIE CALL ME BABY. I’ll tell every body to watch the show for you.”
Check out the post below.
“Empire“ and “Power” have had a somewhat testy co-existence since both series began to pick up in popularity. The majority of the friction has been caused by 50 Cent, who has been very vocal in his aggravation, claiming the Fox drama has stolen everything from storylines to promotional campaigns.
The feud was kicked up a notch when Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) made a joke about 50 Cent being “thirsty” in the show’s season premiere.
50 posted a video shortly after mocking the show saying, “I can’t believe Cookie would say some s— like that about me. Thirsty? Me? Thirsty? Come on.”
With “Empire“ just beginning its second season and “Power“ currently shooting its third, it doesn’t appear that this war of words will be over anytime soon.
“Empire“ airs Wednesdays on Fox at 8 p.m. est