Taraji P. Henson Fired From Empire, False Alarm

We can finally put the “Taraji P. Henson is leaving Empire” rumors to rest.  In the video above, Henson explains that she has bills to pay and loves Chanel too much to walk away from a hit show.  Taraji asks, “Who walks away from that money?” The award-winning actress then shows her Gucci heels and explains she can’t leave Empire because of her expensive shopping habits.

Taraji P. Henson Leaving Empire
Taraji P. Henson Leaving Empire

Taraji P. Henson wasn’t fired from the Empire TV show but she could be leaving.  In the video below, Wendy Williams explains that Empire is emotionally draining on Henson.  Once the series is eligible for syndication, Taraji plans on leaving.  Syndication means Fox would show reruns of the series on different networks.  As of now, they have already done 48 episodes and 88 episodes are needed for syndication.

Will Cookie die in season 5 of Empire

Empire will reach its 88th episode in its fifth season.  That means we have at least 2 more years of Cookie Lyon.  Wendy explains that Taraji could have made the statement to force Fox to offer her a large contract.  Henson was underpaid throughout the first couple seasons of the series and she should be receiving a raise very soon.


Wendy says the show is not a show without Cookie Lyon.  Wendy wants Lee Daniels and the Empire execs to bring back Naomi Campbell’s character…? Wendy clearly doesn’t watch Empire.  Lucious killed Naomi last season.


Taraji P. Henson has been enjoying the success of her new movie, Hidden Figures.  The film’s success has led to rumors that Henson is leaving Empire.  The rumors regarding Henson leaving the Fox series are false.  Taraji was once seen as an actress who only has the ability to play certain roles.

In 2001, Henson played Yvette in Baby Boy.  She did such a magnificent job in the film that it led people to think that she was too hood to play other roles.  Hidden Figures marks a new beginning for Henson’s career.  Taraji has found success in a respectable role, leading some to believe that she won’t return  to Empire as Cookie Lyon.

Taraji P. Henson Hidden Figures
Taraji P. Henson Hidden Figures

Taraji will return to Empire.  Don’t miss episode 10 of season 3 on March 22!

Another day, another false report involving a member of the Empire cast.  E! News explains that we shouldn’t believe everything we hear about the show.  We recently explained that the rumors about Jussie Smollett being fired were false and this article will discuss Ms. Cookie Lyon.

The Fox hip-hop drama series achieved a high level of success in a short period of time.  As a result, haters gonna hate.  Let’s go through some of the false shade that has been sent Cookie’s way.
Taraji P Henson Fired From Empire
Taraji P Henson Fired From Empire
Cookie finally seems to be over Lucious in season 3 and we don’t blame her! It’s looking like she’ll give Angelo Dubois (Taye Diggs) a chance at her heart.  It has to be difficult for Cookie to trust people after what happened with Laz (Adam Rodriguez) but Angelo doesn’t seem like he’s up to anything sneaky.
In celebration of the fact that she’s not going anywhere, let’s take a look at her Top 10 quotes of the show’s third season:
Cookie Lyon Quotes
Cookie Lyon Quotes
Cookie Lyon Quotes
Cookie Lyon Quotes
Cookie Ms. Lyon Empire
Cookie Ms. Lyon Empire


Cookie I Don't Trust People Jamal
Cookie I Don’t Trust People Jamal

Terrence Howard

Henson and Terrence Howard met before she became Cookie Lyon.  Howard remembers when Cookie looked like the around-the-way girl in the image above.

The tabloids took advantage of their opportunity to spread lies about the two finally being fed up with each other.  People explains that Taraji P. Henson posted the following video via Instagram in order to squash rumors about her and Terrence Howard feuding off camera.

The following video shows the dynamic duo laughing off rumors suggesting that they didn’t get along.  They’ve known each other for a very long period of time.  While we’re sure they’ve had a disagreement or two, we know they wouldn’t let anything ruin the record-breaking show.

Gabrielle Union

Shortly after the Terrence Howard rumors were denied, false reports about Gabrielle Union replacing Henson on the show were published.  While we love Gabrielle, the rumors were false.  The rumors suggested that Taraji was fired after she demanded a pay increase.  Her salary issues are discussed in the next section.

Kim Kardashian West

Many believe that Kim Kardashian West will take Taraji P. Henson’s place as Cookie Lyon on Empire.  A fake article was created and shared on social media explaining that the reality TV star would soon be featured on the Fox series.  The rumor is false.  Kim is a fan of Empire but won’t be taking Henson’s place as Cookie Lyon.
Kim Kardashian Empire Fox
Kim Kardashian Empire Fox


The Hollywood Reporter explains that Fox’s TV executives gave the entire cast Rolex watches.  The watches may seem like a thoughtful gift but we are certain that Taraji would rather have the pay raise she requested before the show’s first season.
Cookie Lyon Quotes
Cookie Lyon Quotes


Let’s show Cookie just how much we appreciate her by counting down her Top 10 Instagram Pics:
10. When she showed off her beach body:


A photo posted by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) on Jul 26, 2015 at 5:58pm PDT

9. When she performs La Di Da Di:

8. Christmas Cookie:

7. Flex on em!

A photo posted by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) on Jul 31, 2015 at 1:25pm PDT

6. When she says hi to the haters:

5. When she shares her Senior pic:

4. When she shows off her new best friend:

3. When the #DC comes out:

2. #slay

A photo posted by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) on Aug 23, 2015 at 4:08pm PDT

1. #BooBooKitty

By Jason John

Jason John is based in Maryland and covers Empire BBK’s News and Entertainment. He was previously a producer for the mobile site, helping to present Empire BBK’s news report to readers. More