Taraji P. Henson Wrecks James Corden at Empire 'Audition' — Watch Video

Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson had to fight off tough competition for the role of Cookie Lyon.

Be that as it may, James Corden wasn’t exactly a threat.

On Tuesday’s The Late Late Show, “lost footage” showed what went down before Henson auditioned for the role of a lifetime. Decked out in fake fur and discount hoops, the king of Carpool Karaoke challenged the Emmy-nominated actress using a few delicious zingers from Ms. Lyon’s repertoire, unprepared for the verbal beatdown that would follow.

Watch the uncomfortable encounter above, and be sure to stick around until the end for an additional Empire cameo.