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It’s “Empire” Wednesday and we’ve got several treats from YBF fave Taraji P. Henson, aka Cookie Lyon…

First off – “Cookie” fans have a name: Cookie Monsters. Taraji revealed the news shortly before her appearance on “The View” via Instagram.

Happy #EmpireWednesday sitting here getting ready for #TheView (excuse the clips in my hair mother has to set her curls) and I just decided to name you guys #CookieMonsters do you likey?

A video posted by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) on Feb 18, 2015 at 7:02am PST

Once Taraji walked onto the set of “The View” (for the first time ever), viewers could tell that she’d been crying. It was a huge moment for her. Moderator Whoopi Goldberg told her, “I’ve always thought you didn’t get the attention you deserve.” Whoopi went on to describe her as the “linchpin” of “Empire.”

Accepting the compliments and praise of Whoopi clearly got the best of Taraji who spent most of the segment fighting back tears. She even joked that she was close to the “ugly” cry. “I’m just happy that people are finally starting to connect the dots. A lot of people have seen me in movies but you just didn’t know you were looking at Taraji P. Henson. “

The panel also gave Taraji a standing ovation for being named the NAACP Image Award Entertainer Of The Year.

Taraji is giving a master class in putting in THE WORK, then reaping the benefits once it’s the right time. Congrats to her!

Before “The View”…

Taraji appeared on Good Day New York this AM where she posed with Miss P, 4-year-old Beagle who won the Westminster Dog Show.

About last night…

Taraji kicked things off with a funny appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” During her chat with Seth, several interesting things happened. First, she talked about her dad (who passed away in 2006) and revealed how his “Tell It Like It Is” spirit made its way into her creation of “Cookie Lyon.” She also dished to Seth about the success of “Empire” and how she feels about Hollywood finally taking notice of her talent.

Taraji on her dad:

Much like Blacktress Janet Hubert, Taraji is a character actress and there are several “characters” in her head. She introduced Seth to a lady named “Diva” (at 1:40) whom Seth was not allowed to look at directly. And then she fired him from his job. Enjoy the “theater” below…..

Photos via Taraji P. Henson’s Instagram

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