Terrence Howard Announces He’s ‘Done With Acting’ After ‘Empire’ Ends


When “Empire” ends its Jussie Smollett-less ultimate season, Terrence Howard says he’s hanging up his hat (severely, has anybody worn a fedora in public extra typically him?) and retiring from performing. 

The actor made the announcement revealed his intentions throughout an interview with Further launched on Wednesday, explaining his post-acting plans contain “bringing the reality to the world.” 

When requested what he thinks “will occur along with your profession” after the hit Fox TV drama involves a detailed subsequent 12 months, Howard revealed that enjoying hip-hop kingpin Lucious Lyon will possible be his ultimate position. 

“Oh, I’m finished with performing. I’m finished pretending,” he mentioned matter of factly. 

After Howard was requested if he intends to give attention to “philanthropy and different pursuits,” the actor insisted he had different concepts in thoughts, which surprisingly don’t embrace launching his personal line of child wipes. 

“No, not philanthropy,” he mentioned. “I’m simply specializing in bringing reality to the world.”

Whereas the Oscar nominee didn’t increase on what precisely mentioned reality appears to be like like, he did say that he’ll miss his “Empire” colleagues when the present wraps up after six seasons. 

“I really like the solid members,” he mentioned. “I’ll miss them a terrific deal, and the crew.”

Months after Smollett, who performs Howard’s son Jamal on the sequence, was accused of staging a homophobic and racist assault on himself in January, the community introduced that the sequence would take its ultimate bow. 

“Because the sequence enters its ultimate season, one factor is for certain, the Lyons by no means exit with no bang,” Fox mentioned in a press launch on the time, referring to the fictional household. He added that the final chapter will embrace “jaw-dropping moments” and “surprising surprises.”

Regardless of Howard and different solid members, together with co-star Taraji P. Henson, signing a letter of help asking for Smollett to return, sequence creator Lee Daniels introduced a number of months again that there have been “no plans” for the embattled actor to return. 

The ultimate season of “Empire” premieres Sep. 24. 

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