Columbus Short is having a hell of a week, and not in a good way. Just days ago news broke that his wife Tanee McCall-Short filed for divorce after the actor allegedly threatened to kill her and himself, and last night’s Scandal episode left his character’s fate up in the air.
This morning Short called in to the Tom Joyner Morning Show to talk about Scandal, his new song, and how he’s holding up given this week’s news.
Although brief, Short’s interview comes off as distracted, slightly combative, and downright weird. At one point Short calls Tom Joyner the n-word, and in another strange section he rambles about the need for women to ditch weaves, fake eye lashes, and makeup.And when asked about his wife’s reaction to his song “Gave Ya“, Short bluntly answers, “I don’t care.”
Instead of making it seem like he’s coping with the spate of bad press, the interview indicates Short—who’s been involved in a string of violent incidents lately–may need to seek professional help.
Listen to the audio, or read the transcript via Black America Web below:
(note: both the audio and transcript contain Scandal spoilers)
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? (Silence)
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. Guess who else has the whole show written from top to bottom? God. He 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, n*gga, 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, sir. 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, man, 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. Because 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.