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‘Empire’ Star Terrence Howard Talks On Jussie Smollett Attack: “Jaws Dropped To The Ground”

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Following yesterday’s horrifying alleged attack, and hate crime, perpetrated on Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Jamal), his co-star and on-screen father, Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) spoke on Wednesday’s Good Morning America about how the cast of the hit Fox series reacted to the news on their beloved co-star.

Howard stated: “Jaws dropped to the ground, and then when we learned that there had been letters that had been sent to Fox as threats about the potential of something like this, then we became much more frightened.”

As to how Jussie is said to be following this horrible despicable chain of events, Howard related: “I heard he’s getting better. He’s angry, but I know Jussie.  Jussie’s anger will dissipate, and he will forgive these people for what they did. But he won’t, and we cannot, forget their actions. They have to be forgiven because it was done out of ignorance.”

Howard also noted that those who are close to Smollett have struggled and have been devastated: “They were all in shock that our family, the Fox family, the Empire family, the Lyon family was attacked by a bunch of hyenas today.”

The FBI is now involved in investigating the crime   Smollett has reportedly been the target of threats before. Police confirmed that a letter containing threatening language, laced with a powdery substance believed to be Tylenol, was sent to Smollett at the Fox studio in Chicago last week.

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Empire. currently in production in Chicago, has given 24 hour security to its cast in lieu of the events that transpired on Smollett on Tuesday, as well as offered mental health counseling for those struggling with what happened to Jussie.

Check out some clips below from Terrence Howard’s appearance on GMA.   Then below share your thoughts on this racial and homophobic hate crime, and the outpouring of support received by Smollett from the Empire cast, as well as so many on social media, via the comment section below.

 

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Dave

Sorry, but I live here in the Chicago area and a polar vortex was here – what was he doing at 2am on a 20-below night in a city he doesn’t know???

All of this is very suspicious….

Drake
Drake

An actor’s life is not 9-5 with a 1 hr lunch break at noon. Late nights. Early mornings. Location shoots. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if it was 2 am during the vortex or an early Sunday afternoon in the middle of spring, the man was attacked and hospitalized. Nothing but compassion here.

Caleb
Caleb

Please stop using the word “alleged”. It happened. It was an attack. Good grief. Language has consequences and using “alleged” to describe an attack that landed this man in the hospital is just plain wrong.

Dr Helen Ruth
Dr Helen Ruth

Using hospital and police resources to foster hatred between political and racial groups is wrong. The word “alleged” is always necessary for legal reasons.

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In addition to the above celebs, showing their best ballroom dance moves will also be: Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, The Office‘s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel‘s Kel Mitchell, plus The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke, and American Idol Season 10 runner-up  and now country/pop star, Lauren Alaina.

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And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

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Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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