Taraji P. Henson Says the Cast of Empire Misses Jussie Smollet: 'He's Family to Us'

Taraji P. Henson Says the Cast of Empire Misses Jussie Smollet: 'He's Family to Us'

Empire will come to an end with its upcoming sixth season, but one member of the Lyon family won’t be around to say goodbye.

Creator Lee Daniels confirmed in June that Jussie Smollet, who plays Jamal Lyon, will not be returning for the series’ last season after the 37-year-old was indicted with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two men attacked him in an apparent hate crime in Chicago in January.

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“We miss Jussie,” Empire star Taraji P. Henson said on the People and Entertainment Weekly Red Carpet Live: 2019 Emmy Awards pre-show on Sunday. “He’s family to us. There’s no way we can throw five years of family away. I miss him.”

Henson, 49, plays Jamal’s mom Cookie Lyon. “Certainly Cookie misses him,” the actress continued. “He was her favorite. That was her first family member she visited when she got out of jail.”

Smollett had pleaded not guilty to allegations that he lied to police when he said he was attacked in what authorities later claimed was a staged incident to draw attention to himself. At the end of March, all charges against Smollett were suddenly dropped.

Smollett’s attorneys released a statement to PEOPLE after the charges were dropped, saying, “Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment.”

Despite Smollett’s absence, Henson promised that season six of Empire “is going to be so incredible.”

“Cookie is finding herself,” Henson said. “It’s not about the empire any more. It’s not about Lucious anymore, it’s not about her kids. It’s about her. I think a lot of women will identify with that.”

RELATED VIDEO: Jussie Smollett’s Siblings Reveal He ‘Has a Lot in the Works’ 6 Months After Hate Crime Scandal

And of course, the Oscar nominee will miss playing the Lyon matriarch.

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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Attend the Emmys Together — Despite Splitting in 2017

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Attend the Emmys Together — Despite Splitting in 2017

In the two years since announcing they were splitting up, Ben Stiller and his wife, Christine Taylor, have continued to spend time together.

Their latest outing? An Emmys date night.

The actor and comedian, 53, walked the red carpet on Sunday with Taylor, 48. The two looked very happy together as they posed for photographs.

Stiller is nominated for best director for his miniseries Escape at Dannemora, which has also received four other Emmy nominations for best limited series, best lead actress, best lead actor and best supporting actor for Patricia Arquette, Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano, respectively.

Though they said they were separating in 2017, Stiller and Taylor have been spotted together repeatedly, including with their children.

The two were photographed together in April while with their kids at the Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway in New York City.

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The family posed backstage for a smiling shot with the show’s star Andy Karl, who played the role originated by Richard Gere in the 1990 film, and Karl’s wife and costar, Orfeh, in the role of Laura San Giacomo’s character Kit De Luca.

“It was a sweet family night out,” an onlooker told PEOPLE then. “The kids were glowing because they all love the theater, and Ben and Christine looked happy together, smiling and laughing and holding hands, especially during intermission. They seemed to really love the show and being around one another.”

The two, who wed in May 2000, announced their separation in May 2017.

“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate. Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time,” they said in a joint statement.

RELATED: Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Remain the Friendliest Exes, Attend Gala With Their Kids

A source told PEOPLE upon news of their split that Stiller’s hectic work schedule was a contributing factor.

“It gets hard — he has

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Mandy Moore's Color-Block Brandon Maxwell Emmys Gown Needs to Be Seen from All Angles

Mandy Moore's Color-Block Brandon Maxwell Emmys Gown Needs to Be Seen from All Angles

A lot has happened in Mandy Moore‘s life since last year’s Emmy Awards. She married Taylor Goldsmith, the frontman for the indie-rock band Dawes. She released her first single in 10 years. And she nabbed her first-ever Emmy Award nomination for her role as matriarch Rebecca Pearson on NBC’s hit family drama This Is Us. So it’s no surprise she came to slay at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

As soon as she stepped on the Emmy Awards red carpet, Moore was a winner in the Best Dressed category.

The actress, 35, wore a custom color-block Brandon Maxwell gown featuring an off-the-shoulder hot pink bodice and body-skimming red skirt with a high slit. She styled the design with Forevermark jewelry and red satin sandals – all a collaboration with stylist Cristina Ehrlich, who helped craft her look.

“I’m feeling amazing — a little sweaty,” Moore shared on the red carpet. “I don’t think people realize it’s 95 degrees and everyone is schvitzing and trying to look glamorous!”

RELATED: This Is Us Cast Teases What’s to Come in Season 4: Her, a Breakup, Baby Jack & 3 Big Moves

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And…. She’s already a winner for me❤💕 @mandymooremm in custom @brandonmaxwell #EmmyNominee #thisisus #STRIIIKEhair thanks for the support @garnierusa @t3micro @tangleteezerus #T3pro #FabulousHair

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As for her hair and beauty moment, Moore turned to her fairy glam-mothers, hairstylist Ashley Streicher, makeup artist Jenn Streicher and brow guru Kristie Streicher (yes, they’re sisters!), who created a old Hollywood vibe on the star.

RELATED: Mandy Moore Releases First Single in 10 Years — Watch the Video for ‘When I Wasn’t Watching’

While Moore posed solo on the carpet, her new husband has been supporting her all weekend at Emmy related events. Moore shared a photo of her “handsome date” on Instag

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Emmys Glam Time! See How All the Stars Are Getting Ready for TV's Biggest Night

Emmys Glam Time! See How All the Stars Are Getting Ready for TV's Biggest Night

The Emmy Awards are here!

As the official kickoff to awards season, the Emmys always bring out some of the biggest style moments of the year. But before the red carpet fills with television’s hottest actors and actresses, stars tap their go-to stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, manicurists and more as they get primped and pampered for the show. The best part of glam time? Sharing a fun behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get red carpet ready on social media. Read on to see how everyone from Tracee Ellis Ross to Kim Kardashian is getting prepped for TV’s biggest night.

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SUNDAY MORNING PREP W/ BLUE BALLS ~ thank you @makeupbyvera7 for rubbing them so gently on my face, and @naivashaintl for this gravity-defying hair.

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“SUNDAY MORNING PREP W/ BLUE BALLS,” the Black-ish actress said on Instagram (and no, they’re not what you think). Tracee Ellis Ross’ makeup artist Vera Steimberg smoothed her skin with circular roller balls to promote blood flow and plump her complexion.

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“thank you @makeupbyvera7 for rubbing them so gently on my face, and @naivashaintlfor this gravity-defying hair,” Ross joked in the caption.

Niecy Nash

An Emmys dress fitting with Niecy Nash and designer Christian Siriano wouldn’t be complete without some wine. The duo’s drink of choice: a white from Sterling Vineyards.

Laverne Cox

“I’m not going on the red carpet like this,” the Orange Is the New Black star said as she snapped a selfie wearing Patchology Eye Gels before getting her makeup done.

Kim Kardashian West

Although Kim Kardashian West’s longtime makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic didn’t reveal whose makeup he’s doing, the reality star has been dropping social media hints about attending the Emmys and she’d likely turn to her pro.

“I’m not wearing white this year,” Kardashian West wrote on Instagram with a photo of her at the Emmys in 2009.

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Emmy Awards 2019: Watch PEOPLE & Entertainment Weekly's Red Carpet Livestream

Television’s biggest stars are gathering in downtown Los Angeles for a glamorous night at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly will count down to the big show Sunday at the Microsoft Theater with a two-hour red carpet pre-show.

The red carpet livestream will be hosted by Entertainment Weekly Editor in Chief JD Heyman along with PEOPLE Now hosts Jeremy Parsons and Andrea Boehlke and Couch Surfing host Lola Ogunnaike. They’ll be interviewing nominees as they arrive and offering commentary and analysis from around the carpet – you don’t want to miss it!

RELATED: Here’s What Celebrities Will Be Eating and Drinking at the Emmy Awards After Party

Catch the full livestream above at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT or on PeopleTV, People.com, EW.com or on PEOPLE’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also watch the livestream on the PeopleTV app, available on all of your favorite streaming devices.

The 71st annual Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 22, on Fox at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

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