Tom Joyner, Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown are still shaking their heads over this morning’s bizarre interview with Scandal actor Columbus Short. To put it lightly, he was less than a gladiator on the show this morning. Short was already generating controversy for three domestic violence allegations. The most recent one accompanied his estranged wife Tanee McCall‘s third divorce filing where she said he pulled a knife on her and threatened to kill her and himself. Short responded to the allegations by saying his legal counsel had forbidden him to speak but that he would have his turn in court.
After Thursday’s explosive Scandal finale, Short called in for his previously scheduled interview on Friday, but the interview soon took a strange turn. Although we’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt as he was calling in at 4;45 a.m. Pacific time, he still sounded….off and even called Tom the “n” word. Yes, he did.
Since Short’s fate as gladiator Harrison is in limbo after he was apparently shot in the season finale, we’re not sure what Shonda Rhimes is now going to do with his character.
She must be thinking “Again?” after another scandal felled actor Isaiah Washington‘s character on Grey’s Anatomy some years ago. Can we suggest that Short is in need of his own Olivia Pope in real life…and quickly?
Read a full transcript of the interview:
TOM JOYNER: Good morning!
COLUMBUS SHORT: Good morning sir. How you doing, man?
SYBIL WILKES: How are YOU doing?
Tom: How you doin?
Columbus: I couldn’t be better, man, I’m blessed.
Tom: Okay, so last night did you have your viewing and listening party?
Columbus: Uh, Uh, absolutely I did, sir.
Tom: How did it go?
Columbus: (Laughs) No other than it’s supposed to go. Fantastic, sir.
Tom: You got shot at the end of the show, and I’m thinking ‘Wow. ‘
Sybil: Or did he?
Tom: Or did he?
Sybil: No, that’s a question. That’s a question for you.
Columbus: Can I keep it 1,000 with y’all? I don’t know either. (Laughs)
Tom: OK, because I’m thinking, I’m thinking all right. They shot a lot of endings to reveal that Papa Pope was the mastermind of killing all these people.
Columbus: But you know [inaudible]. But you know when you stop racking your brain, you’ll realize it was only one ending. It was the one ending that was already written. Like Shonda had this whole show written from the top to bottom. [inaudible] She has me written top to bottom.
Tom: So how long ago did you know you were going to get shot?
Columbus: The day I got shot. But I’m lying because I didn’t get shot, nigga, man, I mean, people.
Tom Joyner: Oh, I didn’t mean to upset you, Columbus, I’m sorry.
Sybil: It looked like you were going to, so that’s the problem. I get that. So when you got the script that day, but how long ago was that? When you all got the script and you started filming the last episode. Was that within the last month?
Columbus: It was in the last month and what happened was is the producers came to me at the table read and said ‘You gotta work tomorrow and said ‘This is what you got to shoot’ and I was like ‘What?’ But you know what? It’s a beautiful thing. That’s what makes a great actor from a good actor. That’s the deciphering, the deciphering line.
When you get with people like Joe Morton and Jeff Perry and Kate, Kate, Kate Burton and Kerry Washington and Katie Lowes, they know that we can throw something on you today and tomorrow you can change your whole idea of who you thought you were on the show. And they’ll still show up and still deliver. It’s an incredible thing to be a part of.
Tom: I played your song earlier. It’s a nice song.
Columbus: Thank you, I appreciate that.
Tom: Did you always plan to release a song? Was that in the plan?
Columbus: No, that wasn’t in the plan.
Tom: When were you originally going to release this song?
Columbus: When it was ready.
Tom: And when was that?
Columbus: Right now.
J.ANTHONY BROWN: You just don’t want people talking to you?
Columbus: Hey, Hey, Hey, listen, I’m going to keep it 1,000 with you guys.
J.Anthony Brown: That’s 2,000 ‘cause you did a 1,000 before so now we’re 2,000.
Columbus: 1,000 covers a lot of gamut. You deposit $1,000 in a bank account, you’re good. No, but really, keeping it completely honest with you guys, I wasn’t even working on my album when we were shooting this. And I started working on it during this process. It happened to speak to the time that I am in my life. Everything that I’m doing in my album and my single. My single is about women who I believe need to feel confident in themselves. To be like ‘Look, this is what God gave you. You want a man, how about you just be confident in what God gave you.’ Stop trying to put on all that makeup. Stop trying to put on all that eyelashes and hair —
Sybil: So does that mean the women that you’re dealing with are not very confident and that you needed to put this out to send them a message?
Columbus: How about every woman is not really confident. How about I’m not all the way really confident. When you know who you are, confidence is a humbling thing to, to, grasp.
J. Anthony Brown: How about you just don’t do interviews?
Tom: How does your wife feel about the song?
Columbus: Uh, I don’t care. How about I don’t care.
J. Anthony Brown: I think I said it best. If you don’t do interviews…. Well, God Bless you, man.
Tom: All right, Columbus. I hope you have a lot of success. And I hope to see you next season on Scandal. Thanks a lot.
J. Anthony Brown: And keep it 1,000.
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