According to Madame Noire the actor didn't stay in contact with his former cast mates. He regrets not staying in touch with them and misses the show. As you know, Hollywood can be difficult for African American actors. Empire has re-opened the gates for black entertainers and hopefully Reggie will be able to bounce back.
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The actor can use Gabourey Sidibe's blueprint for dealing with haters. After Sidibe's character, Becky Williams had a sex scene on Empire, numerous mean-spirited memes, fat-shaming the actress, were created and shared via social media. The actress responded by letting her haters know that she was completely ignoring them.
Don't worry about people who talk behind your back, they're behind you for a reason. Consider your haters, fans in denial and keep it moving. The 47-year-old has accomplished much more than most people will ever be able to and he's not done yet!