Taraji P. Henson revealed a massive shakeup that she made to her team after the conclusion of Empire. According to Henson, a Cookie spinoff was supposed to happen, and when it didn’t, she cleared house. The reveal came after Variety’s Angelique Jackson asked about her best business decision.
“Firing everybody after Cookie,” Henson responded. “Everybody had to fucking go. 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? That’s why you all haven’t seen me in so long. They had nothing set up. All they wanted was another Cookie show.”
She added, “I said, ‘I’ll do it, but it has to be right. The people deserve…she’s too beloved for y’all to fuck it up.’ And so, when they didn’t get it right, I was like, ‘Well, that’s it,’ and they had nothing else. ‘You’re all fuckin’ fired.’ It took me years to get there…you are the prize. Don’t you ever forget that. You are the talent. You are there check. Don’t every forget that. They work for you. If they are not…somebody else will do it. I stayed with the same team for years.”
Last week, Taraji P. Henson cried over frustration with Hollywood. She admitted she was considering quitting her job over the pay gap for Black actresses and revealed she hasn’t had a raise in years. The blogs suspected tension between Taraji and Oprah, but it seems Oprah has made things right with the Empire actress.
Taranji posted a photo of she and Oprah with the caption:
It is so important for black women and ALL women of color to support each other.
It is also imperative to have women of color in decision making positions across ALL industries.
Thank you for responding to my message with the compassion, understanding and support that I’ve received.
With that being said…
Ms. OPRAH has been nothing less than a steady and solid beacon of light to ALL OF THE CAST of The Color Purple!!!
She has provided ENCOURAGEMENT, GUIDANCE and UNWAVERING SUPPORT to us all.
She told me personally to reach out to her for ANYTHING I needed, and I did!
It took ONE CALL… ONE CONVERSATION… and ONE DECISION MAKING BLACK WOMAN to make me feel heard.
Thank You Ms. @OPRAH For ALL That You Do
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