Rapper 50 Cent has suggested that season 2 of Empire has seen a fall in its ratings because of an expanded focus on “gay stuff.”
50 Cent regrammed a picture on Instagram of the Empire cast that had the following caption: “‘There are 3 million less viewers who tuned into last night’s Empire episode!!!! did you watch it? We could not take the extra gay stuff or celebrity stuff last night!!!!’”
50 has since deleted the Instagram from his account.
50 Cent has long been a critic of the show, mostly because he has a rival one called Power.
He previously called Empire “some sh*t you get for free,” as opposed to his premium cable show which is “worth paying for.”
After criticism rained in following the Instagram debacle, 50 added, according to BET: “Empire’s ratings took a huge hit. Okay I’ll stop now. Cookie call me baby. I’ll tell every body to watch the show for you.”
Taraji P. Henson (aka Cookie Lyon) responded to the controversy just as Cookie herself might, writing on Twitter, “I pay attention to $’s not CENTS.”
— Taraji P. Henson (@tarajiphenson) January 5, 2015