Trai Byers is having a Foo Fighters moment. Reports from earlier this week claimed the Empire actor wanted to leave the show because he thought his character was beneath him. But in an Instagram posted late Thursday night, Byers refuted the rumors, writing he has nothing but love and respect for the series. “How could I think of demanding something larger than Andre,” he noted, “where I get to express a man with Bipolar disorder, who is on a spiritual journey to find his identity?” Byers’s message comes ahead of the second half of Empire’s second season, which returns March 30.
Read the whole thing below:
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!
No random Nick Lachey cover here, but a reassuring rebuttal nonetheless.