Taraji P. Henson, the actress who plays fan-favorite Cookie Lyons on Fox's hit show, Empire, says she still would like for Jussie Smollett to return to the show.

"If I had my say, he would have been back. I mean, we can't end this show without him, he's such an integral part to the show... He certainly was Cookie's favorite son, and we need him to wrap this thing up."

"I don't know for sure," she told Extra, "but if I had my say, yes… I mean there's no way to end it without one of the Lyons. I don't know how we do it."

Talk of Smollett returning to the show were shot down last week, Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn confirmed that Jamal Lyons would not be making an appearance on the show.

"We're not going to bring Jussie back to the show," he said of the star who was written out towards the end of the fifth season.

"There were a number of factors that went into the decision to not bring him back," Thorn explained. "There were many points of view about if he should come back or if he shouldn't. As hard as a decision as that was, for us — and when I say us, I mean the network, the studio, and the producers — it felt like it was in the best interests of the show and the cast."