Taraji P. Henson Adopted Her No-Nonsense “Cookie” Attitude In Reality — She Fired Her Entire Team

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Taraji P. Henson became the name on everybody’s lips after her delivery on Empire, but her team was dismissed afterward. For seven years, she was the feisty, courageous, and tough-love woman on the Empire series. However, she soon lost her sparks — no thanks to a dormant team. Once the show ended in 2020, she experienced a dip in her acting career, and Taraji was quick to blame her team.

Taraji P. Henson’s Team Takes The Fall

The 53-year-old came prepared to have a dialogue with Angelique Jackson, an interviewer from Variety. During the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, she bluntly chimed in that everyone on her team was cut loose.

As Cookie, she sought opportunities to keep her family on top, and there was always a way. As Taraji, she wanted to bank on the show’s success to maintain a level of notoriety. She was prepared to work on different deals, but when this did not happen, there had to be someone responsible. As per Page Six, once Taraji P Henson realized that her team was dormant, she fired them.

In her words:

“Where is my deal? Where’s my commercial? Cookie was at the top of the fashion game. Where is my endorsement? What did you have set up for after this?… And so, when they didn’t get it right, I was like, ‘Well, that’s it,’ and they had nothing else. You’re all f—kin’ fired.”

Taraji Henson’s Empire success might not have gotten her many gigs, but she earned loyal fans. Following her revelation, her audience gave a thunderous clap, agreeing with her reasoning.

Once her reason for being out of the movie scenes for so long was settled, she slipped into the prejudice against black women. The Oscar nominee reiterated her train of thought from her Gayle King interview.

She maintained that black women were underpaid, but she was willing to upset the imbalance. “You can’t just pay me anything ’cause I’ll say no,” said Taraji.

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