Empire Promotes Pair to Series Regular

Empire Season 2

Empire‘s put-upon assistants are finally getting some respect.

Gabourey Sidibe and Ta’Rhonda Jones, who play Lucious’ and Cookie’s respective lackeys Becky and Porsha, have been elevated to full-fledged series regulars, TVLine has learned exclusively. (That noise you hear is Cookie fetching her own damn shoe.)

The pair’s promotions will take effect with the show’s upcoming second season.

Last month, following Empire‘s Season 1 finale, Ilene Chaiken commented on the series-regular prospects of Sidibe and Jones, telling TVLine’s Michael Slezak, “We love them both, and we want them both back as ongoing characters on the show.”

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  1. Me says:

    Good. I love Portia. Could always use more Portia.

  2. Joey says:

    If you’re acting in scenes with Taraji, its hard to steal scenes, but geez Ta’Rhonda Jones was freaking great. Fantastic comedic timing.

    • Antwon303 says:

      And to think she’s never acted before! She did say that Taraji told her to just put some of herself into the role and have fun with it. Some of her performance is improvised.

    • nursejazz says:

      Yes, she was. I love Porsha also.

  3. Angel says:

    I’m glad for both of them. Maybe those stupid rumors that Lee Daniels fired Gabby about her weight will finally stop. It has always been clear he loves her.

    • Annie says:

      That rumor never made any sense. The people who kept passing it around should have stopped a minute to use their brains.

    • nursejazz says:

      Angel, I don’t believe that. He called Gabby to do Empire after she was finished with American Horror Story Witches Coven.

  4. Annie says:

    I love Ta’Rhonda Jones’s recaps on Empire’s Youtube channel. Watching those recaps convinced me to give Empire a chance, and I’m glad that I did.

  5. TAL says:

    Reblogged this on Cerulean Chronicle and commented:
    Attention ‘Empire’ fans! Gabourey Sidibe (Becky) and Ta’Rhonda Jones (Porsha) have been promoted to series regulars beginning in season 2. This is awesome news! Can’t wait for season 2!

  6. Good. I like them both.

  7. Clandestine Green says:

    Good news…of course I didn’t need even more reasons to watch…I wonder how many episodes season 2 will be?

  8. Antwon303 says:

    This is awesome news. I enjoy them both on the show. Porsha is the perfect assistant for Cookie. The actress is hilarious.

    • nursejazz says:

      Porsha & Cookie comedic timing is off the wall. I love her and she said she does her own makeup and wear her own clothes.

  9. sladewilson says:

    That’s some good news. More Portia is never a bad thing…

  10. Lupe. bernal says:

    when does Empire starts

  11. tina says:

    I have loved G abby since Precious because she is proof positive that size doesn’t matter. She’s a role model for all plus size woman. As for Ta’Rhonda, she makes Portia the character that she is. I love watching Empire, the whole cast is amazing!!♡♡ is it time for season 2 yet??

  12. Shows that the people behind Empire are very smart people and appreciative of all talent on Empire no matter how large or small a role of a character may be. These ladies make even one minute count by speaking multitudes through the words of the script, improvisation, or just one look. Congratulations ladies! Kudos to the producers, writers, and actors. You have made history!

  13. L.R.Locke says:


  14. Jared says:

    I love Porsha and Becky. They both need more screen time.

  15. Christian says:

    Excellent additions love Gabe and Portia steals every scene she is in!

  16. Lizo says:

    Oh yay!!! I’d watch Gabby in anything; she’s such a badass.

  17. Larry C. says:

    Ms. Sidibe is a horrible actress. At best, she was terrible on AHS. On EMPIRE, she is pathetic.

    • Tim says:

      I agree–just wretched! And to think she was nominated for an Oscar! Ta’Rhonda Jones is excellent though. I hope they give her her own storyline.

      • nursejazz says:

        Tim, she was nominated for her acting on Prescious because she was awesome. She starred in Precious. I don’t know how her acting on Empire can be assess when she rarely got any screen time.

  18. DarkDefender says:

    Oh thank god! Sidibe has potential to be the voice of reason for this show and no matter how many times Cooks yells at her, Porsha gonna get that shoe, yo. She is like a sneaky bar back or ammo loading soldier in arms.
    EMPIRE is the season’s best new show BAR NOE.

  19. Sherry says:

    thats great they both deserve it!

  20. kirads09 says:

    Yay for the assistants!! Love them both and well deserved.

  21. Sherry says:

    They both deserve it!

  22. Saundra Lewis says:

    love all the cast of Empire. praying the new season is as great as the 1st!!!!!!!!

  23. Lizzie says:

    Being a plus size shorty myself I hope they start dressing Gabby better and do away with that blonde hair

  24. shelia fell says:

    I love empire its the best show that they put on tv and I cant wait until the next part comes out there is millions of people who love’s this show so dont take to long cause we are ready thank you a empire l

  25. wrstlgirl says:

    Love Porsha.

  26. Iakovos says:

    Welcome news as Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day! :-)

    Think FOX will rebroadcast EMPIRE episodes this summer? Am sure they would do well in the ratings.

  27. Kym says:

    Yes!! Phone Check!!

  28. Curiah says:


  29. Penny says:

    I love the TV show of empire and looking forward to seeing Season on fox 8 or channel 2.

  30. LJ Seats says:

    Gabourey and Ta’Rhonda’s characters definitely add to the show. I absolutely love their loyalty to their bosses.

  31. Carlene Polk says:

    i think they are both awesome in Empire and they deserve to have a permanent parts on the show