Empire's Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard reportedly cause drama off-screen

Oct 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET
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Those fiery glares Cookie gives Lucious on Empire actually might not be acting at all.

Sources reveal to In Touch that Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard's friendship has taken a turn for the volatile.

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Henson infamously told producers, who wanted her to play Cookie, that she wouldn't take the role unless they cast Howard as Lucious. The two became close during their 2005 film Hustle & Flow. But insiders reveal that Howard's infamous arrogance has finally gotten so bad that Henson has had enough.

"In the beginning, Taraji was the key supporter and apologist for his behavior," the source reported. "But as his arrogance increased, she began to get annoyed."

"It's gotten so bad that Taraji can't be on set for more than 30 seconds without staring daggers at him," the source explained, adding, "She's irritated by the pompous, bigheaded braggart that Terrence has become."

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But the source also said Empire's producers are all but encouraging the bad blood because it, "prompts some amazing, volatile scenes between them. The animosity is working to the show's advantage," the source said.

But a rep for Henson is insisting the rumors aren't true, saying she and Howard remain, "the best of friends and professional colleagues... always."

And while what the rep is saying may be true, Howard's egocentric behavior is no secret. Rolling Stone recently described him as a "dangerous mind" during their interview. He believes in something he calls Terryology, which holds to beliefs that we've been doing math incorrectly and that madness is only a matter of perspective, among others.

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Howard even recognized his difficult reputation but says it's because, "I would not conform."

Do you think the rumors of a Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard feud on Empire's set are true?