Don’t worry, Trai Byers isn’t going anywhere.
Reports surfaced earlier today claiming that the Empire star, who portrays Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard‘s son Andre on the series, wanted out of the hit Fox show. “Trai wants out,” a source told Page Six. “He feels that he studied at Yale and he’s a ‘true thespian’…The character is beneath him. He has an idea of himself as being this big Shakespearean actor.”
However, that doesn’t seem to be the case, and Byers felt it necessary to take it upon himself to slam the rumors that he’s going to leave the show.
“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,” the celeb wrote on Instagram.
“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!”
Meanwhile, Byers was all smiles during the cast’s last day of filming today. Co-star Jussie Smollett shared a sweet video of the cast and crew wrapping season 2 on Instagram, writing, “That’s a finale wrap on season 2 of @empirefox directed by Bella @sanaahamri. Love our crew and cast so damn much. See you back in chi town June to start season 3. And catch all this crazy family when the second part of season2 premieres with 8 all new episodes, Wednesday March 30. Love.”
We can’t wait!