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Terrence Howard explains his odd behavior at the Oscars on ‘Tonight Show’

Terrence Howard speaks on stage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Terrence Howard speaks on stage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. AP

The Oscars may have been last month, but we still haven’t forgotten about “Empire” actor Terrence Howard’s weird behavior while presenting.

He stalled, ran into the microphone and turned what should have been a few simple sentences into an awkward moment for all.

So what happened?

He forgot his lines.

Howard opted not to use the teleprompter and instead memorized what he was supposed to say.

“I’m like, I’ve got this memorized, I’ve worked 18 hours to work this out, I’m about to kill it,” Howard told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”

Then he saw Oprah. (We don’t blame him, we’d be distracted, too.)

“I thought I had it together and I hit the microphone,” Howard said. “And I was like, ‘Maybe nobody noticed.’”

Wishful thinking, Lucious.

Here’s the full interview:

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