Howard goes blue on the red car­pet; Em­mys rat­ings crash

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Ter­rence Howard didn’t mince words about his “Em­pire” char­ac­ter, call­ing him an ex­ple­tive on the red car­pet be­fore the 68th Prime­time Emmy Awards on Sun­day in Los An­ge­les dur­ing a live in­ter­view with E! En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion. Af­ter the red-car­pet fes­tiv­i­ties, ABC’s broad­cast of the show dropped to a record-low to­tal of 11.3 mil­lion view­ers. The Nielsen com­pany said Mon­day the show had the small­est au­di­ence for any Em­mys since records have been kept. Last year’s Fox tele­cast had 11.9 mil­lion view­ers.

But back to Howard’s blue de­scrip­tion of his volatile char­ac­ter on the Fox tele­vi­sion se­ries. His com­ment was bleeped, but E! red-car­pet host Gi­u­liana Ran­cic was briefly taken aback be­fore ask­ing Howard’s wife whether the ac­tor brought any of his char­ac­ter home with him.

Howard’s wife, Mi­randa Pak, re­sponded that he did, and quite of­ten. Howard then joked that he had peo­ple hang­ing in their bath­room be­fore the con­ver­sa­tion turned to the cou­ple’s in­fant son.

Howard’s char­ac­ter, Lu­cious Lyon, is a big­oted, ho­mo­pho­bic mu­sic mogul who hits his chil­dren.

The red-car­pet ex­change led some on­line com­menters to bring up Howard’s his­tory of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. He has ad­mit­ted he struck his first wife in anger, and he is still fight­ing with ex-wife Michelle Ghent over their di­vorce and her al­le­ga­tions he was phys­i­cally abu­sive dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship.

JOR­DAN STRAUSS/INVISION

Ter­rence Howard and Mi­randa Pak ar­rive at the 68th Prime­time Emmy Awards on Sun­day in Los An­ge­les.

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