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Taraji P. Henson hosted Live With Kelly and Michael today, filling in for Kelly. Henson was up and early to give the audience the tea on her character “Cookie,” who she jokingly said “she needs a break from!” Henson claims the dynamic character she plays every week has stolen all of her friends!

She also told Michael that her TV show name was her nickname in college (she went to Howard University, where she got a BA in Theatre), so its very fitting that she’s finally got to play her alter ego.

Later on, Taraji got to interview fellow actor Jerry O’Connell, who gave her former Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress a shout-out!

Watch another clip of her hosting gig in which she challenges Michael to show the kids how to do push-ups. (She couldn’t get him to take his shirt off though.)

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