On the carpet of the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, the Empire star confirmed rumors that he’s done acting, telling ET’s Kevin Frazier and guest co-host Sharon Osbourne that he’s “running away as quickly as possible” after the series’ final season wraps.
“I’ve been playing pretend for forever. [There’s] no need to play pretend anymore,” Howard said, explaining that he wants to leave in order “to get to what I’m supposed to be. You know? It's a good thing.”
He added, “I’ve done my time.”
Indeed, the actor has. Howard has been acting on screen since making his debut in 1992 as Jackie Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream. In 2006, he earned an Oscar nomination for best actor for Hustle & Flow. More recently, he’s earned accolades for playing Lucious Lyon on Empire, which is set to end after six seasons.