In addition to many of us who were shocked to learn of the homophobic attack and hospitalization of Empire star Jussie Smollett, the actor’s fellow co-stars and crew were equally in awe.
While speaking with Good Morning America Wednesday (Jan. 30), Terrence Howard shares, “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.”
Additionally, Howard explains that Smollett “was getting better,” last he learned, and that he’s keeping a positive attitude throughout. He adds, “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.” He also explains that Fox boosted security on set following the incident, with each cast member offered 24-hour personal security detail.
In addition, Howard recalls Smollett’s positivity around set, stating, “Jussie’s the one that starts singing when everybody’s in a bad mood. He’s the one that cheers everybody up. He’s the one that does all the Instagrams if he catches you sleeping…Today, no one was caught sleeping. No one even took time to close their eyes and nap. They were all in shock that our family—you know, the Fox family, the Empire family, the Lyon family—you know, were attacked by a bunch of hyenas today.”
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— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 30, 2019