Fox Networks didn’t come out of pockets put found a way to get Cookie and Lucious Lyon to return for Empire’s season 2 by holding paid events for the stars. “The contracts were set, so there was nothing that FOX could do to give [Terrence and Taraji] more money. So instead, they did all those one off specials that [the two stars] hosted, and got them paid that way,” according to the insider.
Jussie Smollet (Jamal Lyon on Empire), however, wasn’t giving the same opportunity to make more money. “Jussie wasn’t asking for way too much money – just a nice raise. But the people at FOX were like no,there was no money left in the budget.” This is according to the snitch. If anyone wondered by Cookie (real name Taraji P. Henson) dressed like she was going to a funeral for the Music Awards; well, here’s your answer…she was rehearsing for Jamal Lyon’s funeral.