Ian Goldstein
October 14, 2015 AT 02:42 PM EDT

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.

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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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