Nia Long Taraji P Henson

Actress Nia Long reportedly terrorized everyone on the set of Empire. The show's makeup team were so shook that they filed a formal complaint against the sultry A-lister.

But she seems so nice…

According to gossip tabloid TMZ, Long clashed with the show's star Taraji P. Henson, and the show's makeup team complained bitterly about her "rude" behavior.

Long's people called BS on the reports, saying the producers were stirring up trouble to boost ratings for the season 3 return on Wednesday. They say producers leaked similar stories about Henson warring with special guest star Vivica A. Fox on the set.

Via TMZ -- "Our sources say in the history of the show the hair and makeup people have only filed one formal complaint for mistreatment ... and that was against Nia. The hair and makeup people say she was extremely disrespectful ... at times deciding she didn't like her look at the last minute and then chewing them out. The sources say there have been numerous guest appearances on the show -- "from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia."

Our sources say Nia was "habitually late." They say Taraji and Terrence Howard would sometimes be waiting on set for 30 minutes and Nia was a no-show. Producers would finally use a stand-in for Nia so Taraji and Terrence could rehearse a scene.

Thanks to loyal reader Beestroh for the tip.

Photos by Splash News Online and WENN.com

  • Dr. P

    I'm shocked!

  • n1kk1a

    I never would have guessed...

  • Miany

    she's NIA LOOONG BIIIIIISH! lol.. no idea why that write up made me think/font this

  • APeachLikeMe

    Leave my Baby Mama alone!

  • Cricket404

    On the preview her makeup looks noticeably flawless, much better than her movies and other shows she's been on. One of Empire's MUA is Ashunta Sheriff, I follow her on Instagram.

  • Jen_no_juice

    Nia? Really? Nah....

  • TDK

    Heard she is very nasty behind the scenes before.

  • KarmaBackAround

    but I thought Nia and Taraji was cool? I guess not when It comes to business lol I never would've thought Nia was as nasty as they say.. but it IS the set of EMPIRE we're talkin about.. Nia just MIGHT had to check somebodies ass!

  • cpatterson_22

    Empire does this every seasons with some lame publicity stunt, last season it was the dude playing Andre thought he was to big for the show and before that Terrance was beefing with everyone on the set.

  • Rayne

    Shocking

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Nia is a vet...I doubt she cut up.
    Nia Long in a cherry thong with the lights on. Let me find my song :headphone:

  • SummerBaby

    I thought about that too! ?

  • SummerBaby

    I'm not shocked if she cut up & I'm not shocked if this is an Empire publicity stunt. ?

  • Libra80sBaby

    This dont surprise me....I have heard that she is a bytch before. Chile you aint THAT great of an actress and you aint getting THAT many call backs for roles to have THIS type of attitude. Humble yourself, Ma. You still fine as cat hair tho

  • Anunnaki

    sounds like u just don't give a 2 chyts...lol

  • Libra80sBaby

    Me too

  • nucynu25

    lmao

  • Anunnaki

    from who?

  • Sucker Free

    Why would the team leak a complaint in the first place? I'm more ticked off by these loose lips than anything Nia might have done.

    And I'm still NOT going to watch btw

  • MissHarlem
  • Desiree Edwards

    publicity stunt--so the plunging ratings can be redeemed!

  • Hell_On_Heelz

    CTFU!!! I mean absolutely hilarious.

  • Desiree Edwards

    lolololz

  • Django the God

    She's in my prayers.

  • Hell_On_Heelz

    COME THRU Oochie Wally

  • A D N

    If I was Nia, I wouldn't like this publicity stunt by producers of Empire. Now people are going to be extra looking at her looks and makeup lol to see if she is justified in her actions.

  • Evilpeoplearetheweakest

    Lol. Lee Daniels is allegedly a messy black man

  • hi-liter

    I hope Nia didn't come on the Empire set being a diva. She has to respect Taraji's position on that show.

  • hottlanta

    Don't fall for Sandra's tricks. This is a distraction from Dump's loss. His supporters are always pivoting the issue at hand.

  • stav

    I can never tire of a delicious Prince gif!

  • hi-liter

    I just saw a report that says GOPer changes Obamacare repeal vote from "NO" to "HELL NO!".......???

  • imright

    liessssss

  • Sucker Free

    Put Lee Daniels messy azz in yo prayers ?

  • MystyBlu

    I believe it. We were just fonting a few weeks back about her attitude. Beautiful outside but that won't take her far when she acts so stank. Reason she's one of the last black actresses to get calls these days

  • MystyBlu

    I should've read the comments first. Same lol

  • MissHarlem

    My mood all day. I did the exact same head turn to my director today.

  • Tina

    I met her in the airport about 8 yrs ago...and she has a real stank attitude. I haven't supported anything she's done since. I believe this report 100!

  • KcoolMuziq

    I attended a SAG conference featuring Nia when her sitcom with Mike Epps "Uncle Buck " was airing, right before it was abruptly canceled. It's NO WAY this shockingly down to earth woman did these things!

    She is highly humbled(although outspoken with no filter) and respectful.I walked away having a new found admiration for one of the most beautiful black women in the industry. This is a PUBLICITY stunt!

  • Tina

    She barely wanted to speak to my 3 yr old (at the time) in thr airport. Gave him a dry hey. She is as bad as they say. I disliked her after meeting her in person.

  • Tina

    My meeting her in a non-working environment...she had a very dry, unpleasant and stank attitude.

  • Hugga Bunch

    Ice Cube lol

  • Hugga Bunch

    If black actresses in Hollywood were Destiny's Child, the first version, who would be Beyonce? Not Nia Long so let's act right ma'am. Thanks.

  • nucynu25

    LMAO

  • Tena

    I have been hearing about her attitude for years. I mean let's be real it's not like she's some young sought after actress. She better collect as many checks as she can get and change that tude.

  • SummerBaby

    Basically ?

  • Tena

    Now that he is. I can't stand the messy queen.

  • Sexy CJ

    Actress Nia Long reportedly terrorized everyone on the set of Empire......

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b34d0eac83f2ae13b365ef6a4f016fdeb71431766a5cabc9592d676b1df32bd4.gif

  • Sexy CJ
  • nucynu25

    NEW POST.. MELANIN KINGS

  • Shira Harding-James

    I hope this isn't true, she seems so lovely

  • StrongWhiteWoman

    Huh??? What is your point?

  • StrongWhiteWoman

    Huh??? What is your point?

  • bemetoo

    And this maybe the reason why her career stall

  • bemetoo

    And this maybe the reason why her career stall

  • Jussjess25

    I dont believe it.. long has never been accused of being rude and nasty in public. Taraji on other hand has begun to think she is the best actress in the world. And her nastiness can be seen all over social media.

  • LibraGirlonly

    I don't believe this story. I have never heard anything bad about Nia and all of a sudden here comes some mess.

  • Jussjess25

    Really? Ive never heard that about her

  • LibraGirlonly

    Not a word.

  • Taylordanes

    It came out that 50 and his producers beef was fake and for publicity over that naked scene sooooo... this being a stunt seems true

  • Taylordanes

    where's Tarajis nastinessssss?

  • Taylordanes

    her and Sanaa Lathan... that chile there has a NASSSSY attitude!

  • Pamela

    Classic. Pitying women against each other. So predictable.

  • Taylordanes

    We can have MANY black women on top! And this is just more divide and conquer... wheres the post on OUR GIRLS MISSING???????????

  • Pamela

    Saw him on Wendy show the other day. He did come across as someone that gives zero fcucks.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Sounds like a manufactured story, designed to boost their ratings.

  • Anna Maria

    Neither have I. Lying.

  • Anna Maria

    I don't believe it.

  • Marie C

    Lies lies I tell you! Stand strong black women we done came to far to fall for the okie doke back in the day. Get that paper get that paper. Then turnaround and go make a movie. Did it on em!

  • missmiami305

    She lost me after her ill informed ALL LIVES MATTER rant. I can see her being somewhat a bish.

  • Disqus_year4016

    All of a sudden nia wanna be tough, i thought she was nice.

  • missmiami305

    great point!

  • Pamela

    Then again this is Hollywood. Huge egos. Remember the beef between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis?

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    It would explain kinda why we don't see her murch....

  • MissyJ

    Empire was the 3rd top rated show and 5th watched show. They really do not need this to boost ratings.

    Taraji is a pro black actress person, I doubt she would allow one to be needlessly thrown under the bus. If they were going to do this anyone Vivica would've been a more acceptable choice for this story lol

  • V Dubb

    Yerp won't forget that either

  • SG

    ???

  • Talia B

    Calling her an A-lister is a stretch

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Hope it's not true. Not the first time I heard this about her though . Years ago I heard she was difficult and that's why we don't see her., I was surprised she did this on the set though and hope it's not true. Before I thought it was because she was getting " all black woman are b*#%^" treatment, that are just woman being assertive and respected. I wonder why Tariji and Terrance are not saying anything to diffuse the rumor? ? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/23876e97f22781aaab2b17c5dd97529df585076d75062aabe51655dbb84891ce.jpg

  • Tammie Reed

    I have so many stores about her but will remain silent but she is....

  • Ms Thang

    I saw an interview with sammore and she didn't say anything bad about her but I didn't get the sisterly love vibe.

  • Justlooknout

    Heard she was heavy drinker and class A Bitch.

    Iono really care, she s cutie and I dont have to work with her.

  • Justlooknout

    That tickled me....did we read about it in history books?

  • Justlooknout

    Tickled

  • Justlooknout

    Tickled

  • Rhyme and Reason

    This could very well be true, but the timing is so SUSPECT, when were these EPISODES SHOT??? I think if you catch any one of these celebrities on the wrong day, you may walk away with negative view! Some are really awful. But, to have been on the scene for such a long time, knowing the people on this show so well, and so long, I believe Terrence would check her, and would have had her replaced!

    As for not being a bigger star, sorry, they Halle that spotlight, and Nia, Sanaa, and Gabby did plenty of work, some major films, but they didn't get the Hollywood treatment. It took Empire to really make Taraji a big star, we knew her when, but playing this getto broad did it for her, thankfully, Hidden Figures came along!

    Don't instantly believe EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET OR SEE ON TV!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I believe Lee Daniels is behind this because even if it were true, I believe Nia's people would have worked something out with Daniels. Nia didn't get the roles offered to her as Halle did, but check out her IMDB, she has worked consistently!

    It wasn't until Scandal, Kerry Washington, Sandra Rhimes, Tyler Perry did black actresses even get lead roles! These shows were taped some time ago, looking at Gabby's now weight loss photos.

    So, now people will tune in, and try to confirm this story, OK, good publicity, it doesn't hurt an already successful show!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    The internet is a double-edged sword! I hope it's true because she's worked hard in a Hollywood system that has never included black actresses for the narrow exception of one or two at a time, Halle and Angela Bassett! Why we expect this stellar behavior from celebrities, but the people we know aren't, whether co-workers, neighbors, or even so-called friends and some family!

    Why do they have to be some humble creatures to appease us, when they're hear to entertain us? All the comments speaks volumes how easy it is to be executed in the court of public opinion with one story! SAD. I remember when TMZ tried it with Janet, the media loves making Black Women, mean and angry to be this stereotype, ultimately to devalue us in society for many reasons, people!

    Some people may have met or experienced her in this light, IDK, I've met plenty of celebrities, and you can be disappointed because of your expectations that some won't live up to that day or time (s)! But, if you haven't, don't be so quick to believe what publicity rags generate, maybe at the request of Empire's publicist, IDK! We are so quick to go in on women, but not so fast on men!

  • Pamela

    Lol. I'm a huge Hollywood movie buff, hence why I remember stuff about actors, that took place damn near a hundred years ago.

  • XoXo

    Got to do better Nia!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I don't know if I believe this, but it could be true. If so, I'm very disappointed in her. She had way too much under her belt to be acting? unprofessional like that smh

  • Li

    When was Nia an A-lister? I don't think she's toplined any movies. But I can see it happening, although it sounds like a promo gimmick.

  • SuperScooper1
  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Sandra told folks and have been telling folks that Nia is a very arrogant person.

  • SuperScooper1

    Big BUT: Both stars were allegedly on time, ready to work, and kind to the crew, all things they're saying Nia wasn't. And if she really threw a sh*tfit over the Make A Wish Foundation people taking over her trailer (as reflected in the full complaint) then something is wrong with her.

  • SuperScooper1

    To be fair, it's been alleged that Taraji sometimes has "less than professional" behavior, but that hasn't been alleged since she was hospitalized with "exhaustion" so maybe she's gotten herself together.

  • Libra80sBaby

    Meh....her having a shitty attitude is NOT far fetched. This is not the first time I have heard this about her. EVERYBODY aint lying on her ass.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    She's so fine though...

  • MzApple

    there is a show on fx called feud about Joan & Bette. Its good

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Well, many people have commented that they didn't know this long history of Nia conflict that you or others now report, not that it is far-fetched, in real time, everyday people can really suck, and are self-absorbed or narcissistic! People argue, disagree, even go on tirades, but the timing of this reveal is suspect and messy, IMO!

    But, I will be watching because I like Nia as an Actress, can't stand Terrance Howard, talking about outrageous divas, but I like Lucious, and this soap!

  • Desire

    Lol

  • Tee Tee

    Nia said "uh uh y'all not about to have me looking like a tranny, I just need a little concealer and powder" lmao
    I'm almost certain she was not being belligerent.

  • Malcom Flex

    Nia be tripping.

  • KcoolMuziq

    It's HILARIOUS! They REALLY hated eachother.

  • KcoolMuziq

    LIES! She just co- starred in a sitcom with Mike Epps last years and starred in the remake of "Beaches" just a few months ago on lifetime. U people stay hating on made up gossip 24/7.

  • Michelle

    They don't speak that much. They didn't didn't grow up together and barley knew each other

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    You know my first thought was, they prolly did f up her makeup because T's be looking tranny, harsh and dusty....I'm talking about the makeup only. Nia has this more natural look and they prolly had her casket sharp..Nia wasn't having it

  • Michelle

    Actually when Taraji goes off on social.media, she is right about what she going off about.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    That still aint A-List. maybe Black-A List not White Hollywood A List. IJS

  • KcoolMuziq

    So what! It's not many A List black actresses anyway. Black people stay hating on eachother . She still slays whatever she's playing.

  • YellowSauce

    everyone wants a strong black woman til she flexes on em lol ... again I hope she didn't stacey dash the situation lololololol and Lee Daniels is suspiciously QUIET ... interesting

  • bemetoo

    Just because you didn't hear it doesn't mean it didn't happen.. And so far it looks to be a lot more truth in it as days go by

  • MzSCT

    Idk understand, Terrance has worked w/her multiple times...never heard him say a negative thing abt her or even imply it. I would think if she wasn't great to work w/when whomever decided to have her come to the show he would've said it's not a good idea.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Thats what I said. It's her publicist job to do damage control and Terance baby wipes and Taraji are not refuting the claims. Taraji has defended and diffused rumors about her melanin sisters in the past. She believes in sticking by her sisters even the ones on competing shows .

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I agree , Baby wipes is a diva !

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Maybe she is peri-menopausal! Supposedly Taraji asked if she was on her menses ??. She is at the age where she she could be experiencing either or.

  • Libra80sBaby

    Truth!

  • Joshua McDowell

    Probably talking about the 90s. Nia was one of the 90s It Girls in film and television.