Is Taraji P. Henson About To Give 'Empire' The Deuces?

EMPIRE: Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) holds a secret in the "Out Damned Spot" episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Feb. 11 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

Is Taraji P. Henson About To Give 'Empire' The Deuces?

Don't go, Cookie!

Published September 12, 2017

Empire is about to come back for its fourth season on September 27, but FOX is reportedly in negotiations to lock down the cast for future seasons.

Well, one cast member is reportedly not budging and it happens to be the queen of Empire.

According to, Taraji's contract ends this year, and FOX wants to sign her on for multiple seasons, but she's hesitant. "Taraji is the franchise, and she’s milking it big time," a source tells Radar. "One minute she’s telling them she wants it go to continue for the foreseeable future, the next she’s changed her mind and talking about the next step of her career elsewhere, or needing a break for her personal life."

The Golden Globe winner certainly makes the show worth watching, but Taraji has always said she would leave Empire after season four. Why? Because after four seasons is when the show goes into syndication, which means reruns. This is where the real money comes in, from royalties. also reports, "Everybody is bracing for the fact that once she is tired of all this, the whole universe of the series is going to wrap up, and they resent her for it," the source added. "It’s a big reason why she is treated like royalty on the set and everybody is walking on eggshells around her.”

Well, if Taraji needs to move on, we are here for it. However, we will believe all of these "sources" when it comes directly from Taraji.

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Written by Renee Samuel

(Photo: Chuck Hodes/FOX)


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