By Ian Goldstein
Updated October 14, 2015 at 02:42 PM EDT
Credit: ABC

Taraji P. Henson appeared on Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and recounted a story in which the president and the first lady showed their love for Empire.

The Empire star said showrunner Lee Daniels had met Barack and Michelle Obama at a dinner, and later recounted the experience to Henson via phone.

Per Daniels, the president discussed an episode of the show in which he had supposedly called Lucious Lyon (“Now you know Lee, I would never call Lucious. He would call me”), while FLOTUS wanted to get her hands on Cookie.

“’Where is Taraji P. Henson? I want to see her, you have no idea how much I love Cookie,'” the first lady apparently told Daniels. “I dropped the phone,” Henson said. “I was like, What?”

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Watch the clip below to see Henson’s surprise after learning the Obamas watch Empire.

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