Did A Drug Addition Cause Fox To Remove Malik Yoba From The Spotlight And Remove Him From The "Empire" Show
|Did A Drug Addition Cause Fox To Remove Malik Yoba From The Spotlight|
Malik Yoba was reportedly fired from Empire for drugs, with insiders saying his substance abuse was causing problems on the set and eventually prompted Fox execs to step in.
Yoba’s character, Vernon Turner, was killed off in the show’s blockbuster two-hour season finale. Yoba said the decision came from Fox executives, who said a major character needed to die in the blockbuster two-hour episode.
Malik was diplomatic about the decision, however. “Malik Yoba is back on drugs and he was making everyone on the set uncomfortable. One star of the show even threatened to quit during the 10th episode, but then they upped their pay to convince them to stay. Fox caught wind of what was going on and gave Lee Daniels an ultimatum: ‘You tell Malik he’s fired or we will.’ Fox also threatened to shelve the show indefinitely if Daniels didn’t do as he was told. So he did, and the rest is history.”
BHR Reports......there is no verification that Malik Yoba was fired for drugs. And the official word from Empire show-runners was that Vernon Turner was killed off as part of a planned shake-up at the end of the first season, with neither Yoba nor Lee Daniels speaking publicly about the rumor.