Taraji P. Henson is missing her TV son Jussie Smollett.
The actress spoke to the “People and Entertainment Weekly Live Show” at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards where she talked about Smollett’s absence from “Empire”‘s upcoming sixth season.
“We miss Jussie. He’s family to us,” she said. “There’s no way we can throw five years of family away. So we miss him.”
Henson went on to address how her character Cookie is affected by Smollett’s exit from the show.
“Cookie certainly misses him, he was her favourite, he was the first one she visited when she got out of jail,” the “What Men Want” star said. “But the show is going to be incredible, stay tuned. Cookie is finding herself. It’s not about the empire, it’s not about Lucious, it’s about her. I think a lot of women can relate to that. And the struggle between her and Lucious, it’ll rip your heart out.”
Smollett will not be returning to “Empire” where he played Cookie and Lucious’ son Jamal, as a result of a controversy in which he claimed he was the victim of a racial and homophobic attack. The actor was eventually arrested and while the charges were dropped, he faces a lawsuit from the City of Chicago.
According to Fox CEO Charlie Collier, “Empire” will deal with Smollett’s absence by having his character Jamal move to London with his husband.