To be honest Cookie and Jamal are the people i enjoy watching on the show. Most of the songs i love on the show were from Jamal and wen he signs with Hakeem. I just think its to soon for him to leave and focus on records and movies ,it's just like when Chad Michael Murray left One Tree Hill (it was never the same). Taraji P Henson is a movie star,you don't see her rushing off to go do movies and who said you can't do them both (while on the show)? You can tell from his tweet that it is his decision; Empire gave you exposure,at least give them five years . Though Cookie is still there,where would Empire go from here? Gosh,i'm really sad.