Hit show Power has dealt with plenty of controversy since the release of Fox show Empire, as many fans (and even Power’s executive producer 50 Cent!) slammed Taraji P. Henson’s show for copying off of the drama. During the season 3 premiere of Power this week in New York City, the stars spoke with OK! exclusively about their take on the feud.
While many observers initially noted similarities between the shows, things took a drastic turn last year when 50 Cent said, "Their show is … the artwork was very similar they used ‘power’ in the tagline … they didn’t have to do that" at the Television Critics Association. So does the rest of the cast agree?
Omari Hardwick, who plays Ghost on Power, told OK! "They are not shows that are similar to me at all. We don't have enough images. From the era of Sidney Poitier to Cicely Tyson on. For brown or black people, we don't have enough images that reflect us, and people need to find love and images that reflect themselves.”
“Empire has more black people so it's a natural thing to go, 'it's a black show' and so that's where the comparison maybe starts and ends for me. I'm proud of them— but I'm very aware that they're not similar shows at all,” the 42–year-old actor continued.
And Joseph Sikora, who plays Tommy, also agreed that the shows are not alike. He said, "I think that they are really just two very different shows. I think they both have predominantly African-American casts which I think is great to see more diversity on television so I'm thankful that both shows are out."
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