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Academy Award Winner Lou Gossett Jr and Oscar-nominee Terrence Howard stopped by “The View” today where Terrence dished on booking “Empire” with Taraji P. Henson’s help. Check out their photos inside and see pics from the Tyler Perry’s baby Christening…

Today on “The View”, Academy Award-nominee Terrence Howard stopped by to talk about the success of his hit FOX series “Empire.” During their chat Terrence revealed that his “Hustle & Flow” co-star Taraji P. Henson helped him land the coveted gig. Apparently, director Lee Daniels was hoping to cast Wesley Snipes as Lucious Lyon, but Taraji thought otherwise.

Taraji, who audition for the role of “Cookie” via Skype, told Lee she would only take the role if Terrence was cast. Then she hung up in his face! Terrence joked that Taraji offended Lee Daniels – but her “Cookie”-like behavior got him the gig!

Terrence, who often raps on “Empire, also talked to Whoopi about his failed musical career (SONY wanted him to record a hip hop album). She joked that he was before his time. He then said Jamie Foxx once joked about his album going “plastic.”

Terrence also talked about his booming family life. His wife Miranda Howard is pregnant and he’s a new grandad! His daughter Aubrey (and her husband, William Gayle) recently gave birth to daughter Hazel.

Oscar-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. also appeared on the show.

Lou, above with guest co-host Michelle Williams, came on to promote “The Book of Negroes,” a 6-hour series airing on BET, which tells the story of Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis, “The Help”), a woman stolen from her village in Africa and sold into slavery as a child. The series begins tonight on BET at 8pm.

In other news about Dads….

Tyler Perry and his longtime girlfriend Gelila Bekele hosted the baby christening of their son Aman Tyler Bekele-Perry over the weekend in Beverly Hills.

Oprah Winfrey (Aman’s godmother) was there to celebrate with Tyler. She posed with Yolanda Adams and Jennifer Hudson (who both performed).

Oprah was spotted enjoying the festivities with Cicely Tyson. Both Oprah and Cicely are Aman’s Godmothers.

On Facebook, Tyler posted a few behind the scenes pics (but non of himself or Aman).

Clearly….there was some good singing going on.

Photos via The View’s Instagram/Tyler Perry’s Facebook/Oprah’s Instagram

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