The rumor mill is throwing shade at “Empire” star Trai Byers of Kansas City, Kan.
Anonymous sources want us to believe rivalries we see on screen have brought down Byers, also known as the oldest Lyon brother, Andre. Earlier this week Page Six reported he wants to quit the show because he thinks he deserves the lion’s share of screen time.
“Trai wants out,” said an insider, according to the website. “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.”
It’s beneath him to co-star in the show that dominates Wednesday nights? Unlikely story. Byers shut it down on Instagram Thursday night.
“I don’t normally spend my time dispelling rumors, but there is something I’d like to address,” he wrote. “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.”
We’re expecting major family drama when “Empire” returns on March 30. It’s going to go way beyond Cookie vs. Lucious, and we can’t wait to see how Andre fits into the dysfunctional family mix.
They tried to dim Byers’ light, but he shines KCK strong.