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Taraji P. Henson Hilariously Responds to 'Empire' Exit Rumors!

Taraji P. Henson is not leaving Empire for one big reason – she has bills to pay and she loves Chanel!

The 47-year-old actress was asked about the rumors that she’s leaving Cookie behind after episode four of this season.

“I don’t know what this rumor is that I’m done after episode four… I have bills to pay… I love Chanel too much to walk away from a hit show,” Taraji told Extra. “Who is spreading that… Who walks away from that money?”

She then went on to joke that she bought too many pairs of Gucci shoes. “I can’t leave the show because I bought every color, every style.”

Be sure to catch Empire‘s new season, airing this Wednesday on Fox.

Taraji P. Henson Debuts New Short Hairdo at 'Empire' Panel

Taraji P. Henson is looking fierce with her new hairdo!

The 46-year-old Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress showed off the new look while appearing alongside the Empire cast at Fox’s panel for the 2017 TCA Summer Press Tour on Tuesday (August 8) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Taraji was joined by co-stars Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett, show creator Lee Daniels, and executive producers Sanaa Hamri and Ilene Chaiken.

During the panel, Taraji said she thought the short hair would set her apart from her character Cookie, but it hasn’t helped. Fans will come up to her and say, “‘Cookie, I like your new cut, girl.’ Cookie doesn’t even wear this hair!” Taraji said (via USA Today).

FYI: Taraji is wearing Malone Souliers heels.

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Taraji P. Henson & 'Empire' Cast Step Out at Fox Upfronts in New York

Taraji P. Henson and the cast of Empire are so ready for their next season!

The 40-year-old actress stepped out at the 2017 FOX Upfronts held at Wollman Rink in Central Park on Monday (May 15) in New York City.

Taraji was joined by her co-stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollet, Trai Byers, Serayah, Grace Gealey and Rumer Willis as well as director Lee Daniels.

The cast of Empire spinoff Star was also in attendance, including Queen Latifah, Jude Demorest, Quincy Brown, Brittany O’Grady and Ryan Destiny.

That day, it was also announced that Empire and Star will now air on the same night, Wednesdays, starting this fall.

FYI: Taraji is wearing a Vatanika dress. Serayah is wearing a Bossa bodysuit.

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Rumer Willis Celebrates Her First 'Empire' Episode At L.A. Premiere - Watch Clip!

Rumer Willis is making her Empire debut on Wednesday’s (March 22) season three mid-season premiere on Fox!

The 28-year-old actress celebrated by hitting the red carpet last night (March 20) at the Spring premiere and special Q&A for Empire held at Pacific Theatres at The Grove in Los Angeles.

“Tonight was a dream come true. It was so much fun celebrating my first episode of @empirefox 🙌🏼,” Rumer captioned with her Instagram post. “And obsessed with this outfit.”

Also in attendance at the premiere was Rumer‘s sister Scout Willis, as well as co-stars Jussie Smollett, Serayah, Sanaa Hamri, Bryshere Y. Gray and Xzibit.

In Rumer‘s debut episode, she plays former hotshot singer Tory Ash who becomes friends with recovering Jamal (Smollett) in rehab – Watch a clip below!

Rumer Willis – ‘Empire’

FYI: Rumer is wearing a Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit, Gucci shoes, Halston clutch, Djula Jewelry, Doves by Doron Paloma diamond ring and a DVANi diamond floral ring. Serayah is wearing Ileana Makri jewelry.

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Demi Moore Books Recurring Role on Fox's 'Empire'

Demi Moore is joining the cast of the Fox series Empire and her first appearance on the show will be in the season three finale!

The actress’ role will continue into the fourth season. She is playing a “take-charge nurse with a mysterious past who will become ever more treacherously entangled with the Lyon family” in the upcoming season, according to Deadline.

Demi‘s daughter Rumer Willis has already appeared on the series.

Some of the other famous guest stars recently have included Eva Longoria, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, and Phylicia Rashad.

Eva Longoria Lands Guest Star Role on 'Empire' as New Villain

Eva Longoria is set to appear in multiple episodes of the third season of Empire as a new villain!

The 41-year-old actress will be playing a character named Charlotte Frost and she is going to face off with Terrence Howard‘s Lucious.

Charlotte is “the formidable director of the all-powerful state gaming commission who has the power to make-or-break Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) dreams of expanding Empire’s reach to Las Vegas. The twist? Beneath Charlotte’s alluring facade, lies a force of darkness and corruption,” according to TV Line.

Empire is currently airing its third season and the Fox series was already renewed for an 18-episode fourth season. Season three resumes on Wednesday, March 22.

Empire's Serayah and Yazz Explain Why They're Not Dating

Serayah and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray are all smiles on the December/January 2017 cover of Seventeen magazine, on newsstands November 22.

Here’s what the Empire duo had to share with the mag:

Serayah on role models: “You can dream on something, meditate on it, and want it, but what’s equally important is doing all the work you possibly can… I always look at Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant”they were the first ones in the gym and the last ones in the gym. And I just was watching a documentary on Beyoncé, where a background singer was saying that Beyoncé’s the first and last one in the stadium to rehearse. I thought that was awesome. It’s those moments that count, and that’s why those people are who they are.”

Serayah on overcoming her insecurity: “I hated my hair”it always felt poufy and curly and people would poke it and ask, ‘Why is it so big?’ I started dyeing and cutting it and trying to make it as straight as possible. Then I got this role on Empire where I wear my hair big and natural, and I’ve come to realize it’s beautiful.”

Yazz on why he and Serayah aren’t a real-life couple: “She’s a cool girl. She’s very attractive, but we’re just so much friends, like homies.”

For more on Serayah and Yazz, visit

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