Entertainment mogul, 50 Cent, has extended a hand to Empire star, Terrence Howard, following the latter’s lawsuit involving his former talent agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
This comes after Howard announced he is taking on CAA over the salary that he made for the hit show, Empire.
Taking to Instagram, the In Da Club hitmaker shared a video of the news item on the suit and captioned it: “Damn, Terrence Howard, call my phone. I will get you the money they were supposed to get for you. I’m not playing no games over here…”
Howard’s attorney, James Bryant, indicated that CAA misled Howard, and this led to him being underpaid for his major role in the hit TV series.
At a press conference in December 2023, Howard broke the news and in a chat with Rolling Stone, he said he could not say for certain this was a racial issue, but he could not imagine another counterpart, a white counterpart, with the same accolades, name recognition and numbers that he had, receiving the low pay he received.
According to Howard, though Empire eventually gained more viewers than Big Bang Theory, he was being paid less than the sitcom’s star Jim Parsons. His pay started at $125,000 and topped out at $325,000 per episode.
Empire took the entertainment industry by storm upon its debut in January 2015. Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the show quickly became a cultural phenomenon, leaving an indelible mark on television history.
Meanwhile, 50 Cent has expressed his interest in working with Taraji P. Henson, after she opened up on challenges with her team despite the success of the Empire series.
Taraji reportedly fired her entire team for failing to take advantage of the success of the popular series. According to Forbes, the series was the “most valuable show” on television, bringing in $125.5 million in ad revenue in 2016. The drama aired from 2015 until 2020.
After hearing the news about how her team was failing to take advantage of the opportunities, 50 Cent jumped in on the conversation and in a new Instagram post on Tuesday, 50 said he is ready to work with her.