Is Taraji P. Henson saying goodbye to “Empire” for good?
The rumor mill began buzzing earlier this month, as FOX was reportedly knee deep in negotiations to lock down the cast — the hit series returns for its fourth season on September 27.
According to Radar Online, Henson’s contract ends this year, and while the network would like her to sign on the dotted line for future seasons, she’s been a bit hesitant. “Taraji is the franchise, and she’s milking it big time,” a source told the entertainment site. “One minute she’s telling them she wants it go to continue for the foreseeable future, the next she’s changed her mind and talking about the next step of her career elsewhere, or needing a break for her personal life.”
That said, the insider claimed that, “Everybody is bracing for the fact that once she is tired of all this, the whole universe of the series is going to wrap up, and they resent her for it.” Adding that, “It’s a big reason why she is treated like royalty on the set and everybody is walking on eggshells around her.”
Now, it appears that Henson is ready to put a rest to all the gossip, telling “Extra”, “I don’t know what this rumor is that I’m done after episode four… I have bills to pay… I love Chanel too much to walk away from a hit show.” Adding, “Who is spreading that? Who walks away from that money?”
The single mother, who has openly expressed her desire to find Mr. Right, also dished about her love life, saying, “I’m very happy.” She went on, “I mean black women in this business, it’s very complicated, but you know, it’s somebody out there for everybody. It’s work… Who wants to read a book about a relationship that had no issues? That doesn’t exist.”
When asked why she’s rarely accompanied by a date at big award shows, she replied, “I like to keep my stuff, ’cause nowadays nothing is private.”