Remember Terrence Howard’s painful Oscars appearance? He sure does. The “Empire” star visited “The Tonight Show” on Monday to relive his Academy Awards snafu, which led some viewers to question whether he was drunk or simply attempting his own John Travolta moment while presenting three of the nominees for best picture.
According to Howard, his troubles began when he forgot to wear a belt to the ceremony, but after spending 18 hours memorizing his lines so he wouldn’t need to use the dreaded teleprompter, he got out onstage and was immediately star-struck by Oprah (as any self-respecting human would be). “I choked!” he lamented, begging host Jimmy Fallon not to show the video of his flub. “I thought I had it together and then I hit the microphone — and I was like, ‘maybe nobody noticed?'”