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If you had any doubts that "Empire" star Taraji P. Henson had truly arrived, this should quash them. Cookie Lyon herself is now the subject of tabloid dating rumors — specifically about the amorous advances she's been fielding from Michael Strahan. It all started when Henson stopped by "Live with Kelly and Michael" for a chat, according to Star magazine. "Michael flirted openly with Taraji on camera, but he wasn't kidding. Off-camera, he kept asking her, 'When can I take you out?'" a source says. "Taraji initially brushed off his advances, but Mike told her that he was serious. The two ended up having an intimate dinner that night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel." Well all right, then.

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But it's only early days, so I guess we should all relax and see how things progress."They have more dates on the books," the source adds. "They seemed to really hit it off and Michael is really intrigued by her."So I guess let's not get ahead of ourselves? Still, "intrigued" is a good start, right?

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