WATCH: ‘Empire’ Star’s Viral Emmys Interview: I’m Going To ‘Build The Milky Way Galaxy Without Gravity’
Terrence Howard arrives at the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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A few weeks after announcing that he was retiring from acting so he could “bring truth to the word,” “Empire” star Terrence Howard gave a red carpet interview at the Emmy’s on Sunday in which he attempted to present some of that “truth” he wants everyone to know — and it involves “the science that Pythagoras was searching for” and building Saturn and the Milky Way galaxy “without gravity.”

As The Daily Wire reported two weeks ago, Howard told Extra correspondent Miss USA Cheslie Kryst that the cancelation of “Empire,” which came shortly after the Jussie Smollett debacle, helped lead the actor to decide to get out of the business altogether.

“What do you think will happen with your career? What do you see yourself doing going forward?” Kryst asked the 50-year-old actor.

“Oh, I’m done with acting. I’m done pretending,” he replied.

“You’re finishing up, you’re no long-acting, and you’re focusing solely on philanthropy and other interests?” asked Kryst.

“No, not philanthropy,” said Howard. “I’m just focusing on bringing truth to the world.”

So what exactly is that “truth”? Howard may have offered the world a glimpse into it on Sunday night. On the red carpet at the 71st annual Emmy Awards, Howard expanded on his reasons for retiring from acting to KTLA anchor Sam Rubin, who did his best to follow Howard’s increasingly bizarre response (video below).

“Everyone keeps trying to tell me, ‘Don’t say it’s forever,’ but I’ve spent 37 years pretending to be people so people can pretend to watch and enjoy what I’m doing,” Howard replied, “when I’ve made some discoveries in my personal life with the science that Pythagoras was searching for.”

“I was able to open up the flower of life and find the real wave conjugations that we’ve been looking for for 10,000 years,” he continued. “Why would I continue walking on water for tips when I’ve got an entire generation to teach a whole new world?”

“That’s a big remark,” said Rubin, who appeared to be struggling to figure out how to respond. “What, what, what do you intend to, to do?”

In response, Howard began to unpack that “Pythagorean” science.

“All energy in the universe is expressed in motion, all motion is expressed in waves, all waves are curved,” said the actor. “So where does the straight lines come from to make the platonic solids? There are no straight lines. So, when I took the flower of life and opened it properly, I found a whole new world of wave conjugations that expose the in-between spaces that— It’s the thing that holds us all together.

“You’re going to be sharing that?” asked a confounded Rubin.

“I’m going to share that,” Howard replied. “On Tuesday, when I receive my star, I’m going to be able to prove that gravity is only an effect, not a force.”

He then revealed the way he is going to “prove” it: “I’m putting something on YouTube where I will build the planet Saturn without gravity, and build the Milky Way Galaxy without gravity,” he said.


Howard was one of the stars of “Empire,” which was shaken by the Smollett case that dominated headlines earlier this year and has resulted in an ongoing lawsuit and investigation into the star for allegedly orchestrated a fake hate crime against himself. Amid the controversy, Fox announced that it was discontinuing “Empire,” which had already begun to slip in the ratings before Smollett and was further damaged after the investigation into his “hate crime” claim turned against the actor.

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Partial transcript via The Hollywood Reporter.