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Taraji P. Henson Proves She Is Cookie For ‘SNL’ Promo — Watch

Wed, April 8, 2015 10:40am EDT by Add first Comment

Live from New York it’s…Taraji P. Henson! That’s right, Taraji is getting ready to make her ‘Saturday Night Live’ debut, and if these promos are any indication, we can expect to see at least a little bit of Cookie!

Get ready Boo Boo Kitty, Taraji P. Henson is doing Saturday Night Live! The Empire actress will host the Apr. 11 episode and, to prepare, she and cast member Taran Killam shot some promotional clips to give fans a taste. Obviously, Taraji has become very closely associated with her Empire character, Cookie, so can we expect to see some of that alter ego come Saturday? Um, you better believe it boo boo!

Taraji P. Henson’s ‘SNL’ Promos

This episode of SNL is going to be good.

It’s hard to believe Taraji P. Henson has never hosted the iconic sketch series before, however, now that she’s on the biggest TV show, like, ever, her selection was pretty much inevitable (Terrence Howard, you’re next). In these first promos for her hosting stint, Taran asks Taraji whether she’s anything like her sassy character, Cookie, in real life.

As soon as the words leave his mouth, Taraji turns to him and open palm smacks him right across the face. “You don’t ask questions you won’t like the answers to, little boy,” she says. Well, that’s not not something Cookie would do!

‘Empire’ Comes To ‘Saturday Night Live’

Of course, we can also probably expect at least one Empire-related sketch, though it might not be the one referenced in the promo called Umpire. In the spoof (of a spoof), Taran and Taraji are part of a “super dramatic family of baseball umpires.” Cut to: the two both clad in umpire masks, getting into some seriously heated drama.

Basically, we cannot wait for Saturday.

What do you think of Taraji’s promos? Do you think she’ll do a good job hosting?

— Casey Mink