Howard goes blue on the red carpet; Emmys ratings crash
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.
Terrence Howard and Miranda Pak arrive at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.