Empire has been network TV's breakout hit of 2015. So joining its cast would be a great opportunity for any young, un-established actor.
It's an opportunity 23-year old Quincy Combs was presented with. But he won't be able to take advantage of it because his adopted dad Sean 'Diddy" Combs (Quincy is the biological son of singer Al B. Sure) doesn't like that 20th Century Fox TV demands Empire actors sign over a portion of their recording rights to them. According to the New York Post:
A source told us: "Diddy kicked up a huge stink and called all the top brass at 20th Century Fox TV to get them to change their rules over music rights,” but he didn't get his way. "He said there was no way his son was signing over his intellectual property. So he banned him from the show."The contract Quincy would have had to sign is similar to the deals given to the actors on Glee and contestants on American Idol, with the rationale being the show is instrumental in any musical success the actor/reality star has.
But Diddy isn't having any of that. At least for now. According to the Post, Empire creator Lee Daniels expressed optimism that something can be worked out with Diddy, and Quincy will be able to appear on season 2.