Quincy Combs, Empire

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Reports have surfaced that Sean "Diddy" Combs "banned" his adopted son, Quincy, 23, out of a guest spot on Fox's breakout hip-hop hit, Empire, after a dispute involving music rights. 

According to Page Six, Quincy was "guaranteed a role" by producers, but the casting fell through when 20th Century Fox required Quincy to sign over a portion of his music rights.

Fox doesn't comment on casting rumors. However, multiple sources tell E! News that Quincy was never actually offered a role on Empire. He did have some very preliminary talks, but Diddy's son never tested for a role, and wasn't offered a part. There was never an issue regarding his music rights. Timbaland has been Empire's music director from the get-go, and the show uses his library of music, as well as original songs that are sold on iTunes.


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Quincy is an actor and singer, who, just released his first single, "Friends First." He is the son of music producer Al B. Sure! and Combs' ex-girlfriend Kim Porter. Diddy adopted Quincy while in a long-term relationship with Porter.

It makes a lot of sense that Quincy would want to nab a spot on EmpireLee Daniels and Danny Strong's breakout hip-hop drama is doing the unthinkable when it comes to TV ratings these days, managing to improve in each of its first four original broadcasts, making it the first primetime series to do that in the past decade. The premiere brought in 9.8 million viewers, with episodes two and three attracting 10.3 million and 10.9 million, respectively, before the most recent episode was watched by 11.3 million people. The last show to grow after each episode in that fashion was Grey's Anatomy in season one.

The next episode airs Wednesday on Fox.

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