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Empire stars Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett responded to rapper and Power star 50 Cent’s recent diss about the show’s ratings. The rapper/actor posted an article that said that season 3 ratings of Empire going down, along with the caption, “Wow well look at the bright side at least. You can eat your Trophies. I was talking to old girl (Vivica A. Fox) but you felt liek you had to respond. SMH I love you cookie I got a new show for you BMF COMING SOON!!!”

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Taraji fired back with an article that said that Empire “remains the No.1 scripted show on broadcast TV after premiering to a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49” along with the caption, “For the confused ppl. Do REAL research!!! Loose change makes soooooo much UNNECESSARY NOISE. STILL LOOKING FOR THAT DAMN CENT SIGN!!! I guess it’s obsolete. AGAIN CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS BLACK MAN. @50cent.” She later showed love to Power star Naturi Naughton.

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decided to respond as well,saying, “You need to speak to me b*** a** n***a!?? I’m right here along with my #Empire family! Check yo facts needy a** crab n a bucket low life crybaby booboo! . . .”


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Jussie Smollet then decided to jump in since 50 started “messing with @tarajiphenson,” writing in a lengthy IG post, “Do you realize how petty it is that you’re a crab in a barrel? . . . I hold up Taraji just as I hold up @Naturi4Real. So who is the real man?”

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50 responded by posting a pic of Jussie kissing another man, along with the caption, “I can’t hear you,