It all went down on Instagram, where 50 posted a message calling out TPH for statements she made on T.I’s podcast. So, he decided to troll her pointing out how bad the Jussie Smollett situation was for the show.
Leading up to Taraji’s interview with T.I, 50 had made statements comparing his show ‘Power’ to her show ‘Empire’ and she was upset about it.
“I saw @tarajiphenson on @troubleman31 podcast, this is my sincere apology I did not mean to hurt your feelings in anyway. I love your work and I think you are amazing. I’m sorry no one is watching your show anymore. I realize I have to work on the fact that I have less empathy then others,” he wrote on Instagram.
He continued, “I have met with the top executives at Fox and sold them (The Notorious Cop) it’s the show that is replacing yours:worried: but I really want to work with you. I mean your awesome we would work well together, but if you don’t like the idea I understand if you don’t roll with me, your gonna get rolled the f*** over.”
50 Cent took it a step further posting another message later in the day, trolling Taraji over the Jussie Smollett scandal and blaming it for ending ‘Empire.’
“@tarajiphenson i didn’t destroy your show it destroyed itself, he wrote alongside a picture of TPH and Jussie Smollett.
He continued, “i hope you accept my sincere apology, forever your fan and friend Fofty. ps i’m looking forward to working with you, or watching you watch me work.”
So why all the beef?
Earlier this year, 50 posted several quotes on Instagram alleging ‘Empire’ may have jacked the marketing strategy of his TV show, saying, “‘Power’ season 2 is unbelievably good trust me. I have the best writers and showrunner. I like Terrence Howard and Taraji Henson. I don’t like that they would copy the marketing.”
In a separate post he compared woman on the two shows, saying, “Empire vs. Power ladies. What’s up you be the judge. LMAO.” Taraji P. Henson later responded, “I pay attention to $’s NOT cents.”
TPH addressed the situation on T.I.’s podcast telling the rapper, “I didn’t like it, it was very uncomfortable. Our show has nothing to do with his show. We’re talking two different subject matters. I thought that did more damage than good … Why are we pitting two black shows against each other when it’s hard enough to get a black show on the air? That’s when I get pissed off because that’s the crabs and the barrel f*** mentality.”
“Why you going to compete with the black show? There are a million other shows you can compete with,” she added.
She continued, “Then again 50, do you know what the f*** I had to do to get here? Why tear down another black person? For competition?”
Fans of both of the stars are coming down on both sides of this one. On one hand, people love how 50 has no filter and says what’s on his mind. On the other hand, people think Taraji has a point.