The episode focuses on a celebrity accused of faking an assault in New York.
“It’s like losing a son,” Howard said in a TV interview.
Judge Michael Toomin slammed prosecutors, saying the case “lost its bearings.”
Actor is scheduled to make a court appearance next month.
Fox drama’s co-creator issues statement setting the record straight.
“We are going out guns-a-blazing,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier says.
Still, the network says it has the “option” to use the actor in future episodes.
Wednesday night’s episode featured TV’s first gay, black wedding.
“He is in a lot of pain,” Daniels told “Good Day New York.”
The city is demanding Smollett cover the costs for investigating his alleged attack.