'Empire' Cast Member Trai Byers Clears Up Rumors About Leaving the Show
Despite the recent rumors claiming that FOX's Empire cast member Trai Byers was considering leaving the show after reportedly growing disappointed with his character and the show's direction, the actor himself wants fans to know the truth and decided to finally set the record straight, clearing up all of the rumors on Instagram.
Though many viewers of the Wednesday night hit drama series have grown to love and adore all of the characters from the show, recent reports suggested that one character in particular was on his way out. Andre (Byers), the eldest son of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), would find season 2 to be his last season with the show if the Page Six account of Byers recent "diva" fits on set were actually true.
According to the site, Byers was growing dissatisfied with the direction of the show and the lack of significance that his character played in the success of the show. The March 2 report stated that "Trai wants out," according to an insider. The 32-year-old actor was reportedly becoming a diva to producers and around the set, believing that he was too good of an actor and too talented to be subjected to the role of Andre - a character who he reportedly found to be beneath him.
Byers caught wind of the accusations and decided to set the record straight on his Instagram, revealing that not only is he happy with his character, but he loves and respects the show that jumpstarted his career.
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!
A photo posted by Trai Byers (@traibyers) on Mar 3, 2016 at 6:06pm PST
Byers is not only a lucky man because he gets to work with a cast of great actors like Henson, Howard, Jussie Smollet and Bryshere Y. Gray, but he also met his now fiance in costar Grace Gealey.
Gealey and Byers developed an off-camera relationship that ultimately lead to the show's eldest Lyon son popping the question to "boo boo kitty," as she is commonly referred on the show, and her answer, according to E! Online, was yes! They are still going strong, as represented by the many photos displayed on both of their social media pages, and based on the show's ratings, Empire isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so it's nice to know that Byers is in it for the long haul.