Empire Jennifer Lopez Apology

Empire's Lee Daniels Praises Jennifer Lopez in Wake of 'Stupid' Cookie Diss

Cookie’s big mouth has gotten her into more than a few scrapes on Empire, but now her words are coming back to bite her outside of the Fox smash.

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels took to Instagram on Thursday to address a comment Cookie made about Jennifer Lopez during Wednesday’s episode. Daniels wants everyone, but most importantly Lopez, to know that Taraji P. Henson’s character meant no disrespect by her comment about Lopez’s vocal abilities.

The line in question came during Cookie’s conversation with Hakeem about having more than one Hispanic singer in his new girl group. “Ain’t nothing wrong with a couple of JLos,” Cookie told her son, “as long as they can really sing.”

“I talk to Jennifer all the time about being on Empire,” Daniels wrote, attached to a photo of himself with the American Idol judge. “We’d be lucky to have her. She’s proven herself as an original: one of the best singers, dancers and actors of all time. Look sometimes, Cookie just says some stupid s–t.”

Check out Daniels’ post in full below:


So much for “No Apologies,” huh?

Empire fans, what do you make of Daniels’ pseudo-apology? And would you like to see Lopez on the show? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. Alan says:

    I am sorry but I just can’t stand this man, he feels he so high and mighty

  2. nickspace says:

    Watch them bring her on as the mother to Becky G’s character…

  3. Matt says:

    Former American Idol judge? Isn’t JLo doing the final season?

  4. m3rcnate says:

    It is sad an article is written about this. On a day with a school shooting (or any day for that matter) it is “entertainment news” that JLo MIGHT have been dissed in regards to how well she can sing. And then from that the showrunner then has to issue a public statement about how he is friends with her and defend the fictional character on his show’s thoughts…

    • Tom says:

      What connection are you drawing? The school shooting is an unarguable tragedy. But this is an entertainment news site…

      • m3rcnate says:

        I realize that, hence why i said “(or any day for that matter)”. Of all days a day with SERIOUS news would make you double take to posting an entire article (even on a TV news site) about non-drama because a TV character called JLo a not so great singer? :/
        This story just plays into how everyone now (especially on the internet) is so offended by everything, and how everyone has to apologize and explain everything they do.

        • Carly says:

          Or it serves as a way for us to escape from the 24 hour news cycle and focus on something mundane and entertaining.

          • m3rcnate says:

            If you find this article entertaining then may God have mercy on your soul. You find Empire entertaining? That is fine, it’s a TV show made for entertainment. But this drivel? Some minority of social media feeling like Jlo got “dissed” by a TV show character and the shows co-creator feels he has to apologize & explain? :/ good lord.

          • KCatty says:

            Aww…. Do we feel better now that we’ve unleashed our superiority complex on anyone who dares to find something some disgustingly low brow amusing?

            Why are you here, M3rcnate? Seems like TV beyond CSPAN or maybe MSNBC would be beneath you. NPR and TEDRadio are calling. Run along now and leave us heathens to our drivel.

        • Temperance says:

          Every, there are a couple dozen VERY SERIOUS new stories that the Republican-owned news companies simply won’t cover that are ten to a hundred times more important than a school shooting (which, though unpleasant, is more of an illustration of the awful state of the nation). Of course, the news focuses on the people, not on the important part. And nothing will come of it with the GOP in control of Congress.

          • Bob Backus says:

            Temperence you are a Dumocrat moron. It’s amazing how ignorant (read the definition of the word don’t assume) you are. But anyway, what does your pretend world of Republican owned media (which by the way is 1 out of more than 20 news outlets, what dominance!) have to do with a TV show? Go back to whatever it was that rotted your brain.

        • STFU, please. Your patronizing, semi-coherent ramblings are ridiculous. People read about the minutiae in star’s lives every day of the friggen year, no matter what is going on in the world. You are chastising people for doing so while you, yourself, are trolling through an entertainment website. I think that it might be your soul that needs God’s mercy.

        • B says:

          don’t see how you can act so superior when you felt it was important enough to click the article and type a comment vs scrolling past it….

    • candace says:

      Have your keyboard checked. I think it mis-typed CNN.com and led you to an entertainment website.

  5. Jared says:

    Jennifer Lopez is a great performer. NOBODY can take that away from her..but a great singer “one of the best of all time” she is not.

  6. Relaxxx says:

    Well Jlo is no Mariah, Beyonce, Whitney, or even Arianna Grande!

    • Ashley says:

      Well thank god she’s no Ariana Grande, bitch can’t sing a note to save her life. Seriously, girl is screechy as hell.

    • Lana says:

      JLo absolutely can sing. She is not like a young Whitney Houston but she has come a long way with her vocals. Jennifer is also an actress, dancer, producer, a well rounded entertainer, and business woman, and she is also beautiful and charasmatic and she seems like such a sweetheart. There was no need to dis her on that show. Yes, she herself has admitted that her voice is not her greatest gift, but still, it was a low blow.

    • Nikki says:

      Please do not ever put Beyonce’s vocal abilities next to those of Whitney or Mariah. Please & thank you!!

      • murley says:

        Beyoncé is an incredibly talented vocalist. I didn’t realize how much so until I started studying voice but that woman can really sing!

    • tigerone12 says:

      Even William Hung, remember him on Idol, the Chinese guy that was funny, even he had a better voice than Jlo?

  7. CK2 says:

    I mean, the line wasn’t wrong though. I don’t think anyone, includingJ.Lo, is crying over her singing ability being called out. That’s also what makes the character of Cookie great. She’s an unfiltered voice. The last thing that the show needs is her being defanged.

  8. Amandalo says:

    I love watching Empire and would love to see JLO on the show. I don’t understand why everyone on the show is black except for one or two people. Blacks always say that they are not given enough opportunities. I say practice what you preach.

    • Annie says:

      This is a confusing comment, and not just because there are more than just one or two people on the show who are not black. Given that the vast majority of the televison shows on the air have white characters, and Empire with multiple white and Latin supporting and recurring characters is more diverse than most shows, this seems like an odd complaint.

    • candace says:

      They are practicing what they preach. They have a the same/or higher ratio of white characters on their show than other highly-rated shows have of black characters.

    • Debbie says:

      90%shows on tv are white. A show that is mostly black and that is an issue. If you ask about why a show is mostly black ask the samr thing about all the mostly white shows for years on every channel not mention in the movies!!!

    • Aeol says:

      So this one show, with a primarily black cast that consists of, um, a FAMILY, represents black people being exclusionary? Was the Fresh Prince of Bel Air too black for you? Think it’s okay to let SNL slide for their limited diversity over the years but In Living Color (speaking of JLo) should have had more than just Jim Carrey?

    • Ugonna Wosu says:

      Do you ask that when there are shows with 5 whites and one black? Which we still see ALL the time? Get out of here! There’s mostly blacks,because it’s about the hip hop world, which is obviously black dominated. Quit being an unthinking troll.

    • Ugonna Wosu says:

      Also, the show centres on a family…which is black. Do you want them to cast Britney Spears as their daughter? Makes no sense.

    • It’s a black show Duh!!!!!!!!

  9. notagoodsign says:

    Oh well, maybe that was ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ moment of truth! JLo’s singing is hideous, without auto tune she is nothing. Still people continue perpetuating this lie that she is a great singer. She should be eternally grateful for her unwarranted sucess.

  10. Jake says:

    Was it a dis? I thought she was simply saying that whoever they find is a good singer, nothing to do with lopez

    • Win says:

      This is the way I initially took it, but I guess if Lee Daniels is confirming the character’s meaning (and with the TVLine italics, I see how “they” could be emphasized that way), I guess I was staring at the sun while the shade was thrown elsewhere.

  11. Bill says:

    Everybody knows Jennifer is not the best singer,

  12. When in the world has a producer of a TV shows has to apologize for a scripted show that is not real. We need to stop taking all this scripted or reality shows so serious. We watch this shows to entertain us not to tells us how to raise our kids or how we should live our life’s. We need to stop it!

  13. Joli says:

    Um Cookie was spot on! I love JLo but she is definitely more of a “razzle dazzle” performer than a singer. If you want real singing talent then we should be speaking about Celine Dion, Mariah Carey (back in her hay day) Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Adele, Jennifer Hudson .. to name a few

  14. Mary says:

    If the shoe fits.

  15. Elsy says:

    I totally agree, and why would Lee apologize? Jennifer is not a singer even when she speaks it’s very painful. She is just a great dancer with a big butt and that’s made her famous. Not even a good actress.

  16. Sandra Smith says:

    JLo cannot sing, period. Or dance. Sure she is an entertainer and sings and dances but she is not great. Look at Beyonce or Elvis, these are great singers and dancers.
    Jo lo is a beautiful person and we all enjoy her. I never figured out what Cookie said about J Lo that was bad.

  17. can’t be mad at the truth……When i was HIS comment about the ‘best singer’ (not knowing the back story) – I was like ‘WTH?’ lol

  18. I don’t think he should apologize and no I don’t want to see JLo on the show she’s not a factor to alt of people let’s not ruin the show by just bringing anybody in. I will quit watching the show if this is the case. Get real people it’s a TV show she’s not saying those things in real life about Jlo. Every time something have to do with black Actors and Actress everybody wants to start tripping about what we say or do. Please get a grip and I don’t care who don’t like my comment everybody have a freedom of speech. So get over it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. coconut says:

    JMO , how about you take it that Cookie was just saying it is fine to have talent like Jlo just as long as they can sing, not that Jennifer can not sing. You could all be taken it the wrong way and that is why I don’t think there was a reason to apologize. again just a thought.

  20. Lynn says:

    I’m sorry Lee, but Cookie’s comment is kinda true, however Jennifer is business savvy and appears to be an all around nice human. Sorry, I don’t look at the show anymore. It’s a little to much for me.

  21. Sunshine says:

    Jennifer Lopez is not a strong singer and Lee Daniels should have been honest about it.

  22. Kim Major says:

    Please keep the show real! Please do not start apologizing for comments made on the show. JLo cannot really sing. If they start apologzing for comments made the show will be no good. That is why I like it they kept it real.Please do not start compromising!

  23. Michelle says:


  24. Marie says:

    I would love to see JLo on Empire. I think she will do a good job being on the show weather it’s temporary or permanent. If she plays a mother role, it has to be a diva style mother! Just my thought.

  25. Roman says:

    Like someone said on here, JLo may not be Celine Dion but she can sing. Listen to her spanish album. It’s very good. She also sang Selena songs very well at the Latin Billboard Awards. She is better than Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears at least. She can also kill it on the dance floor and is a pretty good actress. Those who are dissing on here are just consumed by jealousy because she is beautiful, successful, and talented.

    • Lana says:

      Great comment. I absolutely agree with you. She sounded beautiful during the Selena tribute at the Billboard awards. She has come such a long way since her first single If You Had My Love.

      • Roman says:

        Yes she really has come a long way. Very few actors have ever crossed over into singing, not to mention with all the success she’s had. I personally like her songs, they are catchy and upbeat…..

  26. Truth says:

    I don’t care much for Lee Daniels because of the way he treated Monique. All of the people that he has ever worked with are on the show except for her. True, she was wrong for not giving him his prompts at the awards, but that is no reason to pass up on good talent and not supporting a veteran actress in the field.

    She could have reprised her role as Gabby Sidibe`s mom or Cookie`s ex cellmate/lover from prison, but NO, he choose to totally diss her and spread the blackball rumors. I have wholeheartedly tried to ignore that show, but I keep getting pulled back every Wednesday at 9:00. So I will watch the show resenttfully and hope that someday he will give Monique a role on the show.

  27. Dee says:

    Well, who wrote the script? She said things about other rappers……and it flew. Get over it.

  28. Ann Evans says:

    Yes I’d love to see Jennifer on the show, but I’m praying that Jennifer is comfortable enough in her skills as a performer and as a woman that she would know Cookie comment was just entertainment and Lee you should have know it as WELL! There was no need for an apology between two grown women who are CONFIDENT IN THEMSELVES! As a man you might not understand that! Therefore, I think you blew it out of proportion by making the dumb apology! Stick to writing, you really good at that and I love the show!

  29. joann catalano says:

    oh cmon, jlo is no celine dion. empire is #1 show…………..cookie is who she is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Karol Gatewood says:

    Cookie ain’t said nothing WRONG….JLO CANNOT SING!!!!!!! Great dancer, poor singing skill. The truth can be painful……she is not alone….JLo it’s a fact.

  31. Charese smith says:

    Jennifer Lopez cannot sing!!!!!!!!!!!! KMSL…..

  32. Karol Gatewood says:

    What is the big deal SNL and late night talk show host diss celebrities all the time; it’s goes along with the territory…JLO get over yourself….it’s a comment made by a fictional tv character, that happens to be true…..YOU CANNOT SING.

  33. JLO would be a great addition to the show!

  34. tigerone12 says:

    Jlo has wanted to be on this show since her failed attempt on Idol, her music & movies career and now her Vegas gig, which is rumored a failed gig, every project Jlo was attempted has failed even her Verizon cell phone nation wide store partnership, which went bankrupt in less than one year, Jlo thinks she has a brand, but in reality, no one like her, and no one cares?

    • cretia says:

      I have heard she’s extremely difficult and an egotist, but I guess i would be too if I were worth more than 300 million. However, I do believe she’s a brand and that she’s a very notable entertainer, and a shrewd business woman. She noticed her market share drop here in the states in the mid 2000’s so she learned to speak spanish and exploit that burgeoning market, she also developed a clothing line at kohl’s because of her fashion sense. I feel she’d be just fine on an episode or two of empire. As for Lee Daniels, he’s a spotlight hog no apology was needed for hat a character says on a show.

  35. Keith says:

    Alan. I agree with you. Daniels need to keep his mouth shut and let his characters do the talking. It often comes across as if he wishes he were up there acting onscreen. He’s thoroughly annoying.

  36. Lisa says:

    Jennifer Lopez is NOT a good singer NOR a good actress. She just has a good crew that knows how to put a good show.

  37. Mary S says:

    “Ain’t nothing wrong with a couple of JLos,” Cookie told her son, “as long as they can really sing.” – if the emphasis had been placed on the word “really” instead of “they” the sentence would have had a different meaning. Or, even with the emphasis where it was, the sentence could have been finished with “as well as she can.” It does not have to be interpreted as a diss…

  38. yazmin says:

    Shes 100% right. JLO CANNOT SING!

  39. Charles Reed says:

    Jlo would never be Jlo without black men loving her butt like Kim’s but is loved. Jlo got out of the black lane when Puffy was on trial and she drop him like a hot potato.

    Jlo is not a singer in the sense that see can sang, but she is an entertainer with an butt like a black women without the black but high yellow look. So Nikki a small brownish black woman got her self injected with stuff to produce this very large butt!

    Now Jlo not longer needs In Living Color or black music because she worth $300 million as she end American Idol which made her something like $17.5 million per year.

  40. renee says:

    I don’t want to see her on the show!!! and be honest she is beautiful and talented but she can’t carry a tune

  41. Suzanne Valenzuela says:

    JLo’s got thick skin. She’s not trippin because she know’s Cookie says dumb sh!t, that’s her character. Right on for Lee making a comment about it and puttin Latina Beck G on the show. The entire situation could be a plot to bring JLo on the show, Lee’s that good.

  42. I do not understand the apology, nor do i think it was necessary. I have NEVER heard tell where the director of a show apologizes to anyone because their name was mentioned in a non flattering manner in a movie. It doesn’t make sense and should have never happened. Just because Daniels want JLo on the show is no reason to apologize. Please do not start a new negative behavior in Hollywood or wherever. Just Saying.

  43. Candy smith says:

    Truth is! Jlo has an average voice… the comment made by Cookie was an honest statement. Compare to a most singers her voice would have never been heard if she wasn’t excellent in other areas. No one should be apologizing to a true statement. Statements are made about every race on television. If everyone had to apologize we won’t have the time for commercials

  44. Roberta says:

    Apologize for this? He should be apologizing for giving Al Sharpton screen time in episode 1. That’s when Empire lost this viewer.

  45. Ricky Lee Jones says:

    She can’t sing but neither can most pop singers these days like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Britney, Madonna, etc. Even Mariah has lost of her octaves.

  46. carlos ortiz says:

    If Jennifer Lopez not a great singer, then, “HOW THE HELL SHE’S SOLD OVER 80,000,000 MIL and got the Hollywood Walk Of Fame for recording artist IN HER CAREER?” HELLLLLOOOOOOWWWW !!!!!! I rest my case!

    She does not have to be Beyonce nor Mariah Carey who sounds like a chirping bird !!! LOL
    I’ll buy J-lo’s music Iike I have before I go out and buy, Beyonce’s, Mariah’s nor Ariana Grande’s music. They all do that sound like they’re nauseating, before they can reach a note !!!!! Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, etc.

    • Florence+TheMachineRules!!! :) #MariahSlays says:

      Um have u seen some of mariahs work from her career. Her songwriting is one the the reasons why music has a specific meaning. Her voice is unparalleled, and u saying that she sounds like a chirping bird, what? To this day, she can STILL shut everything down!!! She unfortunately has nodules and surgery like that is very crucial.

    • Jlo will never added up to Mariah or Beyoncé who do you think taught and helped her get where she is not you and your peeps. Homie don’t even try it you kame yourself sound dumb to the fact that without certain peoples help she won’t be there so buy what you want but I bet your trying to be black as well noticed that I said trying dude!!!!!!!!!

  47. carlos ortiz says:

    Cookie need to stand back !!!!!, I’m sure her nasty character in Empire is what she portrays in the real word, and cannot carry a note even talking.

  48. Made me laugh a few years back when she simultaneously had the top film & album, b/c IMO, she does both with the same amount of talent: Not entirely-lacking, but certainly not near the top of either “game”!

    The line made me laugh on the episode too: As the saying goes, “Funny b/c it’s true!” (I was happily surprised Fox, which wrongfully had her judging singers’ talent on “Idol”, allowed it!)

  49. There’s a screenwriter and criminologist that hit on J Lo in Oct, 2011 for a lead role in a Terrorist film. They might make that film soon. The producers and writer don’t care about her music career but they love her. Now she’s finishing the dirty cop t.v. series role when the cop works with the Feds to fight corruption. Early next year she has the Planet Hollywood job and AI show too. Everybody wants the Latina Bronx lightning bolts attention today.