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“Empire” stars took over daytime television this morning. Taraji P. Henson was tapped to guest co-host alongside Michael Strahan on “Live With Kelly And Michael.” Meanwhile, Raven Symone returned to “The View” to guest co-host and Grace “Boo Boo Kitty” Gealey dropped through. More inside….

The cast of “Empire” totally took over daytime tv this morning, days ahead of the two-hour season finale airing on Wednesday.

“Empire’s” leading lady Taraji P Henson brought her quick wit and sass to the daytime TV circuit as she was tapped to guest co-host alongside Michael Strahan on ABC’s “Live With Kelly And Michael,” filling in for Kelly Ripa.

Cookie Taraji was a natural as she chopped it up with the NFL Hall of Famer about trending topics and joked about getting married after the show while chatting about A&E’s reality show “Married At First Sight.” Hmm…they would make a cute couple though.

The YBF chick also spilled some luke warm tea on the upcoming two-hour season finale of the record breaking FOX series. When asked what we can expect on the finale she said,

“Hot, steamy…Cookie gets her some loving…OUTSIDE of Luscious.”

OH?!…Malcolm (played by Derek Luke) perhaps? We shall see….

Later, the twosome interviewed Insurgent star Shailene Woodley (above) about her role in the sci-fi thriller, which hits theaters on Friday.

Peep a clip of “Cookie” on her hosting duties below:

After the show….

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Michael had to make good on his word after he said he told Taraji he would do 50 push ups while on the air. Once they wrapped up, Taraji wouldn’t let him get out of doing the push ups so she hopped on Michael’s back while he did a few reps. Ha! Check it above.


Grace “Boo Boo Kitty” Gealey was spotted outside of ABC Studios for an appearance on “The View” this morning to chop it up with the ladies about her role as Anika on “Empire.”


Grace’s co-star Raven Symone (in her plaid trench coat) returned to “The View” to guest co-host after partying hard with Jussie Smollett, Lil Kim and Elle Varner last night.

Once on the set, “Boo Boo Kitty” sat down with the ladies to dish on how she landed her role on the critically acclaimed hip hopera. She explained how she had just moved from New York to Chicago and once she read the script for “Empire,” she sent out a tape for a spot on the show. She said a day after turning in her tape, she met up with “Empire” creator Lee Daniels for a screen test. And after two days of working with Lee, she was given the role. Nice!

She also dished on working with Taraji and the fun they have improvising some of their scenes. To help perfect her role, she said she had the opportunity to talk to A&R exec Candece Campbell for research on the dynamics of being a woman in her position. She also talked about how specific Lee Daniels was on how Anika should look and how her style evolves throughout the show.

Check it below:

Also on the show….

“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon dropped in on “The View” to chat it up about decorating his 3-year-old twins’ (Monroe & Moroccan) rooms in his new crib, his children’s poem book “Neon Aliens Ate My Homework” and the 10th season of “America’s Got Talent.” Afterwards, the “Wild’n Out” host got silly with the ladies.

Check it below:

Fun times.

Photos/Videos: Pacififc Coast News/Kelly & Michael’s Official IG/Grace’s IG

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