EXCLUSIVE: Columbus Short Responds to TJMS Interview: "I Was Not Drunk Or High"
Columbus Short wants to set the record straight. After his interview last Friday with the Tom Joyner Morning Show didn’t go wasn’t exactly as he may have planned and including his use of the “n” word, he has come forward to explain exclusively to Blackamericaweb.com and the Tom Joyner Morning Show his state of mind. Via his publicist, Short has issued a statement directly to the show. Last Friday [Good Friday], as Scandal fans know, was the night right after the season finale. Short’s character Harrison Wright’s fate was in jeopardy after a confrontation with B613 mastermind Rowan Pope, Olivia Pope’s shady father. The show ended before viewers knew whether or not Harrison had been shot. Short has been going through some changes in his personal life as well. His currently estranged wife, Tanee McCall, recently filed for divorce for the third time, alleging domestic violence on at least two separate occasions. In the most recent one, she says that Short threatened her with a knife and said he would kill her and himself. Short’s interview with the TJMS seemed disjointed and at times confrontational, especially after he was asked how his wife received his new recording “Gave Ya.” In his statement exclusively to the Tom Joyner Morning Show and Blackamericaweb.com, Short says he is apologetic about the interview. Here is his unedited statement in full:
“TJMS, My sincerest apologies for the confusion over my appearance on your show last Friday morning. I am a long time supporter and admirer of The Tom Joyner Morning Show and I was looking forward to an opportunity to speak with you and your audience. Unfortunately, the early morning (approximately 5:45AM Pacific Time) following a late-night event had me at what some describe, less than my best.
To clarify a few of my statements:
1. I rarely use the “n” word and I could not have picked a worse time to do so. I deeply apologize for directing it towards you.
2. Regarding my statements about women being insecure, I am a strong believer and supporter of women and I am always amazed by all that our better halves accomplish. I come from a family of strong black women and I would never discredit or minimize their success. I have the deepest respect for women, their strength and innate beauty. To suggest anything else was never my intent. I simply wanted to emphasize that women have no reason to feel that way and my song, “Gave Ya”, is meant to convey just that.
3. Lastly, just to clarify, I was not high, drunk or otherwise under the influence. I was simply exhausted. After a long day, the early call threw off my schedule. This was no excuse – you and those who support me deserved better. Please accept my deepest apologies for any misunderstandings for that morning call. It would be an honor to appear on the TJMS in the future to set things right with your audience.”