“You touched my relaxer,” Ross, in character as Taraji P. Henson‘s Cookie, yelled at Anderson, playing Lucious. “And I know you touched it, because you had straight hair at the beginning of the ‘Empire’ episode, and then in the middle you didn’t have straight hair, and then you had straight hair again at the end of the episode.”
Shoes were then threatened to be thrown over the product theft.
For his part, Anderson swore that his straight hair is natural, thanks to his German mother. That’s when the real Lucious Lyon appeared, challenging the whole conceit and exciting the Los Angeles audience.
When the “Black-ish” male lead called out Howard for his ever-changing hairstyle, the actual “Empire” star scored the biggest laughs of the performance.
“I don’t go no perm no more,” Howard explained. “Started getting a bald spot.”