Taraji P. Henson On Jussie Smollett ‘Empire’ Return: “We Started With Him, We Should Finish With Him”

Published: Wednesday 8th Jan 2020 by Sam

‘Empire’ bids farewell in March when it broadcasts its final episodes.

And while the show may be several seasons past its heyday ratings, it made its most pronounced headlines a year ago when star Jussie Smollett was allegedly targeted in a hate attack.

As widely reported, the matter took a dramatic twist when authorities turned the investigation on Smollett himself – charging him (quite literally) with making the entire incident up. An allegation which led to him being written out of ‘Empire.’

The real life narrative – which mirrored the scale of drama on the show – culminated in the collapse of the case against Smollett. Yet, his career remains in an odd state of limbo as various lingering legalities play out.

And while it remains to be seen where the public at large will settle as relates to opinion on Smollett, his co-stars are continuing to endorse him. So much so that they’re calling for his return to the show.

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Speaking at the FOX TCAs, Taraji P. Henson – who plays Cookie Lyon, the mother of Smollett’s character Jamal –  re-asserted her desire for him to appear in the final instalment of the series.

When quizzed on the matter, she candidly replied: “we started with him, we should finish with him.”

A sentiment co-star Vivica Fox echoed. Peep their interview:

Would you be here for a Jussie return to ‘Empire’?

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  1. only facts January 8, 2020

    It honestly doesn’t even matter. The rating are dropping with each consecutive episode, so by the time it gets to the episode with Jussie, nobody will be watching. Such a promising start to this show in 2015, but my how it fell…

  2. Ugghh January 8, 2020

    I don’t know anyone who is still watching this show. The show should have just ended when Star did.

  3. only facts January 8, 2020

    And Vivica, PLEASE stop touching your face. You’re beautiful and do not need plastic surgery. Seeing her talking you can tell she’s had some work done by how her face moves. Sad.

    • eric January 8, 2020

      It’s almost scary. She would look much better had she allowed herself to age naturally.

  4. Haterz Gon‘ Hate January 8, 2020

    Wooooo chile who told Taraj to wear that Aunty wig?? So distracting, no M’am ✋?✋?✋?

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  5. King of Kingz January 8, 2020

    Yuuuup bring him back the show isn’t the same without him, it’s the final season so it won’t hurt

  6. Clarksons doctor January 8, 2020

    Lee Daniels has been grouchy since his bottom hasn’t been on set to give him his b****

  7. Anne January 8, 2020

    I don’t watch the show but I agree with Taraji, after all Smollett has not been found guilty of anything. I hate how people only apply the presumption of innocence when they want to.

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