Fans won’t be seeing Kid Cudi on the new season of “Empire” after all. It was previously announced that the “Pursuit of Happiness” rapper would play Gram, Hakeem’s rival and Tiana’s new love interest, but Cudi is no longer going to star on the Fox show for Season 3.
Entertainment Weekly reported Thursday that Cudi (real name Scott Mescudi) had left the show and was replaced by rapper and “Growing Up Hip Hop” star Romeo Miller. According to the outlet, Cudi had already filmed scenes as Gram so now that Miller is taking over, the scenes will have to be re-shot.
Cudi hasn’t addressed his exit from the show on social media, but Entertainment Weekly reported that he left due to “creative differences.” Miller announced he was joining the cast Thursday sharing an Instagram photo of him with Bryshere Gray (Hakeem) and film director Mario Van Peebles. “Uh ohh #empire,” he wrote in the caption.
Miller first teased that he had landed a guest role on “Empire” in June when he posted a picture of him sitting by a pool reading a script. “That moment when @theoriginalbigdaddy [creator Lee Daniels] hit you up to come read for @EmpireFox,” he posted. “Stepped away from the party to go study these lines. I will always make time for my craft.”
On Monday, it was announced that former “The Cosby Show” actress Phylicia Rashad had joined Season 3 as the mother of Cookie Lyon’s (Taraji P. Henson) new love interest. According to Variety, Rashad’s character is Diana Dubois, the matriarch of a wealthy African-American family. She’s also the mom of Taye Diggs’ character Angelo Dubois, a city councilman who is rumored to have an interest in Cookie.
Other guest stars include Mariah Carey as Kitty, a singer who teams up with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) for a song, but also has to help him overcome some of his issues. Fans got a glimpse at Carey’s character last week when the show released the first promo for Season 3. French Montana is also joining the “Empire” cast as a music mogul named Vaughn, along with actress Sierra McClain as an up-and-coming singer named Nessa. Birdman will also appear on the hip-hop drama as himself.
“Empire” Season 3 premieres Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox.