During an appearance on Wednesday’s broadcast of Good Morning America, Howard spoke out for the first time regarding what happened to the young actor, who he says is justifiably angry about what was done to him.
“I heard he’s getting better. You know, he’s angry,” he said. “But I know Jussie. Jussie’s anger will dissipate and he will forgive these people for what they did.”
In the same breath, Howard urged those outraged by the recent events to forgive the culprits who terrorized Smollett.
“He won’t, and we cannot, forget their actions,” he continued. “They have to be forgiven because it was done out of ignorance.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Howard, who portrays Smollett’s father in the Fox series, sang his praises, sharing that he brings nothing but light to the lives of everyone he touches.
“Jussie’s the one that starts singing when everybody’s in a bad mood,” he said. “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 — were attacked by a bunch of hyenas today.”
Take a look at his interview, below:
According to People, no arrests have yet been made in connection to the attack, and there are no solid suspects either, at this moment.
While officers confirmed that Smollett’s attackers were wearing masks, they refused to further confirm what they said. However, they did specify that their comments were racially charged and homophobic in nature.
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