By now, we’re sure you’ve at least seen a vine, gif, or meme of the awkward moment that was Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard’s Emmy presentation last night. “Lucious” and “Cookie” stepped on stage together to present two awards, one of which was the exciting Best Supporting Actress In a Limited Series honor which went to Regina King, and things went left right from the jump as Taraji and Terrence discussed how they are a lot like their “Empire” characters in real life. If you’ve followed Terrence’s recent interviews, particularly the one in Rolling Stone, you know no one really wants to think about the messy life of the man behind the hit Fox character, which might explain why the actor and actress proceeded to engage in a long-winded banter on stage that was like being in a car with your parents arguing on a 10-hour road trip.
Seemingly trying to lighten the mood, Terrence did nothing but make an uncomfortable moment torturous when he planted a wet one on Taraji’s face and she responded by wiping off the spit and rolling her eyes. Fans of the pair suggest this is the sort of interaction these two have all the time, but being the excellent actors they are we have a feeling if this was actually a planned skit, the execution would’ve been far better — and funnier (notice how the crowd didn’t even know whether to clap, laugh, or watch the train wreck in silence). Watch for yourself and tell us what you think was really going on here.