Taraji P. Henson Hints Empire Spin-off Rumors Are True

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January 24, 2020 | 3:12pm EST

Actress Taraji P. Henson has hinted her stint on Empire is far from over amid reports suggesting she has landed her own spin-off.
The star portrays family matriarch Cookie Lyon on Lee Daniels’ hit hip-hop drama series, which is currently in the midst of its sixth and final season, but recent rumors have indicated Henson will continue playing her larger-than-life character in a new side project – and she isn’t denying the claims.
Asked about the possibility of fronting her own Empire spin-off, she coyly told U.S. breakfast show Today, “I mean, it could be, I don’t know. Some things I can’t talk about.”
Henson then tried to change the topic of conversation, looking over to a bunch of flowers on a table next to her and remarking, “Ooh, these are pretty. What is this?”
But when guest presenter Maria Shriver remarked, “I think she just said something,” Henson tried to downplay her actions, insisting, “I didn’t say anything, I said the flowers are (pretty).”
The Oscar nominee then dropped her biggest hint yet, adding, “I said everything’s coming up roses!” as she exaggerated a wink at the camera.
“I didn’t say anything, I didn’t!” she quipped.
Henson’s interview emerges weeks after Fox network boss Michael Thorn admitted the topic had been discussed with Empire creators Daniels and Danny Strong – although there were no firm plans.
“We have talked about it but there has been no pitch, and there has been no deals,” Thorn said. “Would we like to keep Taraji on our air for as long as possible? Of course!”

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