Never mess with Cookie.
“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and “Power” producer 50 Cent have been feuding on social media about the success of their respective shows — and the attacks keep getting nastier.
“Well look at the bright side at least. You can eat your trophies,” 50 Cent wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post under a screenshot of the actress and a headline saying “Empire’s” ratings were down, according to E!. “I was talking to old girl but you felt like you had to respond. SMH you know I love you cookie. I got a new show for you BMF COMING SOON !!!”
Henson saw the post before he could erase the evidence and responded Saturday afternoon.
“For the confused ppl. Do REAL research!!! Loose change makes sooooooo much UNNECESSARY NOISE,” she wrote. “STILL LOOKING FOR THAT D— CENT SIGN!!! I guess it’s obsolete. AGAIN CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS BLACK MAN!!! @50cent.”
She followed up her post with her own screenshot, an article calling “Empire” the No. 1 scripted show on broadcast TV.
The rapper, predictably, kept the beef going.
“All this back and forth s–t is starting to turning me on cookie, LMAO I ran into Lee Daniels at the gym on Sunset Blvd. he asked why I didn’t except his offer to be on EMPIRE. I told him I have a lot going on, I’m actually working on the show FOX is gonna replace EMPIRE with, he looked at me like…why the f–k are you doing that?” he in another deleted Instagram post, according to E!.
“It’s because I’m a drug dealer, and I was taught to get in, get your weight up, then take over. So that’s the deal.”
“Empire” co-star Jussie Smollett worked his way into the drama later, not specifically calling out 50 Cent but with enough hints to give it away.
“So here we go…I’ve always taken the high road when you’ve said our show was too gay, was stealing the word ‘power’ in our marketing from your show, or was too whatever you felt like saying at the moment…but now you’re messing with @TarajiPHenson,” Smollett wrote in the now-deleted post.
“You’re in your 40’s brother. It’s time to leave all the childish, pettiness behind. Do it for the people. Do it for the community. If this opens me up to be talked s— about then that’s cool but I know that you know every single word of mine is dead on correct.”
50 Cent launched the final grenade Sunday afternoon in a promo for the season finale of “Power.”
“Tonight 9pm it is gonna be made very clear there is no competition there is only POWER. Anyone who has seen it on demand, or on the Starz app will tell you,” he tweeted. “Nothing out can compare. BMF Coming Soon I’m gonna change Tv.”