RUMOR: Kim Kardashian replacing Taraji P. Henson as Cookie On Empire
That was the word going around the internet this week after one entertainment website posted a story about a potentially massive shake-up on the hit Fox musical drama. The report from the site Witty Feed claimed that producers decided to give Kim Kardashian her big acting break and were moving out one of the show’s biggest names.
“It will come as a surprise to most of the Fox’s hit drama ’empire’ that they have decided to replace the character ‘Cookie’ which is played by Emmy award-nominated, Taraji P. Henson. The leading lady for the show which is in the talks for the role is none other than reality TV star Kim Kardashian.”
Despite the somewhat obvious hoax, the story was still able to find legs on the internet, with many people sharing the news on social media and expressing shock that Empire producers would fire Taraji P. Henson and replace her with Kim Kardashian.
It would seem odd for Empire to fire the woman who has become their brightest star. Earlier this year, Henson notched the first-ever Golden Globe win for Empire when she took home the best actress award.
After the win, showrunner Ilene Chaiken told Variety that Henson is one of the most important parts of the show’s success.
“It’s so great to have Taraji out there again just carrying the flag for Empire, which she does all over the world.”