Rumors have been flying ever since Malik Yoba's character was killed off the hit TV show "Empire" now hear from the actor himself.

The Empire season finale had so many twists and turns, but no one ever thought Uncle Vernon, a character who never had fully developed, would be in danger of leaving the show so soon. The decision seemed to be sudden and without warrant, prompting many to speculate.


The Inquisitr reports that "a source close to the show said that Malik Yoba was fired for drugs, with his substance abuse catching the attention of higher-ups at the network."

The insider stated,

“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.”

But the actor says that it was his character Vernon who did coke, not Malik Yoba the actor!

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