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Empire's Lee Daniels Defends Terrence Howard, Announces Spinoff

Empire's Lee Daniels Defends Terrence Howard, Announces Spinoff

Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray take the cover of THR‘s latest issue!

Here’s what the cast had to share with the mag:

Taraji, on Cookie’s appeal: “So after however many years I’ve been in this business, I finally have Hollywood’s attention.”

Lee Daniels, on the possibility of an Empire spinoff: “It’s coming…without question.”

Lee, on Terrence Howard and his troubles with the law: “That poor boy [Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”

For more from the cast of Empire, visit THR.com. Bigger cover inside…

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  • Will

    Yes someone who has admitted and been convicted of domestic violence is the “victim” of racism the women aren’t they victims.

  • Kaitlyn

    Wow. If Lee Daniels was white then he’d be forced to make a public apology for defending a domestic abuser. But I guess thats just a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.

  • meaghan

    where lee daniels misses the point is that, yeah, terrence howard is no different than marlon brando or sean penn, but that doesn’t mean he’s NOT a ‘demon,’ it just means they’re ALL demons — NONE of them should get a pass (even though unfortunately white men do in hollywood)… that ‘the other boys are doing it so I can too’ is such a preschool mentality and even though I’m not surprised by it, it still sickens me that people who think that way have so much power in the industry. anyone who cares about women/domestic abuse victims AT ALL should be speaking out against ALL these monsters, not using them to excuse each other’s behavior.

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