Patti LaBelle Confirms She's Returning to 'Empire' in Season 2

by Zach Seemayer 12:48 AM PDT, March 27, 2015
Playing Patti LaBelle Confirms She's Returning to 'Empire' in Season 2

Patti LaBelle made a guest appearance in the season finale of Fox's hit drama Empire, and she knocked it out of the park with her powerhouse performance. So will the 70-year-old music icon be making a return in the show's hotly anticipated second season?

LaBelle spoke with ET during her Dancing With the Stars rehearsal, alongside her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev, and the legend promised that fans of Empire haven't seen the last of her.

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"Patty LaBelle will return," she said with a smile, before revealing that show creator Lee Daniels originally had a pretty surprising role in mind for her when he first asked her to come back.

"At first Lee had me playing an angel. I said, 'An angel? That means I'm over!' You know? I'm gone," LaBelle recounted, laughing. "He said, 'Ok, Lala. I'm gonna give you a part and you're going to come back all the time.'"

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So it looks like Empire is going to be seeing a lot of more LaBelle. Which suits the singer just fine, as she admitted, "It's a great show. One of the best."

Check out the video for more from LaBelle, including a look at the sweet, inspiring relationship she has with Empire star Taraji P. Henson.