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What Sent Actress Kim Delaney Off Script At Liberty Medal Ceremony

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Following a series of apparent backstage production problems at the  Liberty Medal award presentation at the National Constitution Center on Thursday evening, actress and Philadelphia native Kim Delaney seemed to make a valiant attempt to rescue the production by going on stage without introduction or teleprompter, but then delivering a stumbling speech.

An offstage announcer may have skipped over a section of his script when off stage whispering could be heard and the announcer suddenly said, “Kim Delaney…”

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Delaney, best known for her roles on “NYPD Blue” and currently “Army Wives,” went on stage in an apparent effort to give her introductory speech for the award that was presented to former US defense secretary Robert Gates (see related story).

KYW Newsradio reports according to those in attendance, it appeared her teleprompter was not working, and Delaney appeared to struggle to deliver her speech, making long and awkward pauses between sentences.

“As I try to comfort wives, husbands, families, fathers, children, loved ones, made good, what I’ve learned is the Constitution Center,” Delaney said at one point during the speech.

Delaney then went on to talk about her character’s role on Lifetime’s “Army Wives.” Delaney talked about how the show portrays the lives of those with family members in the military.

At that point in the speech, Delaney displayed a brief smile before a video began on a loudspeaker and an individual with the production came to the podium to escort Delaney off stage.

Bloggers and talk radio shows around the country picked up on Delaney’s fractured performance, some attributing it to substance abuse or lack of preparation.

CBS 3, attributing sources, reports that some of the events producers may have questioned Delaney’s ability to deliver the speech prior to her appearance.

Calls to the Constitution Center, the production company, and Delaney’s publicist seeking more information about the production problems that led to Delaney’s bumpy performance have not been returned.

According to the National Constitution Center’s web site, the Liberty Medal is awarded annually to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over. Past recipients include Nelson Mandela, Sandra Day O’Connor, Colin Powell, and U2’s Bono.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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One Comment

  1. Andrea-Gold Stars Speakers says:

    I work with speakers. Many celebrities are not speakers, although they may be good actors or writers. Some are speakers, some aren’t. We don’t know what was really going on with Kim. One lesson for all of us in this: never depend 100% on technology. It can and does fail. Anyone appearing on the platform (and that could be you some day) needs to be authentic and comfortable speaking in his or her own skin, without a script. Speak from one’s heart with discretion. Know what your message is and speak it concisely & with heart. Own the platform as best you can. Get experience speaking live on the platform before doing major appearances. That will overcome nearly all technological fairlures.

  2. Keisha says:

    The anouncer probably thought they’d decided not to let her on and then Kim was like “No! I can do this! It’s my job!”

    1. Rick Webb says:

      This sounds like the most plausible reason for the crews confusion. They were trying to make last minute changes….then out she walked.

  3. Supernatural witness says:

    She seems to have a reading problem, not a drug problem.

  4. Oxycotin says:

    A couple of things. She’s still HOT. I love and DO party with her everyday. I have her under my complete control.

    1. Benzo from Kenso says:

      Me too, she is awesome…Call me Kim

  5. orangecountyresident says:

    Kim Delaney was arrested in 2002 for drunk driving. It’s possible she fell off the wagon.

  6. MAC says:

    Blames teleprompter? I didn’t know you could drink a teleprompter.

  7. shirey says:

    Wow, I guess Army Wives won’t be picking her up next season, if ther is a next season.
    I am shockd cause I really loved her on Army Wives. Bye Bye Kim! Better look for that day job.

  8. Rob says:

    Kim Delaney has a well known alcohol problem. Most people understand this is an illness, not an excuse for cheap and exploitative local news, or for the kind of snickering, infantile insults rampant on this comment board. Unfortunately, you seem to know your audience, and they seem to know you.

  9. Mike LItoris says:

    “Kim Delaney seemed to make a valiant attempt to rescue the production by going on stage without introduction or teleprompter, but then delivering a stumbling speech”

    Stumbling, disoriented, incoherent AND confused.

    1. Erica says:

      Kim Delaney seemed to make a valiant attempt to rescue the production by going on stage without introduction or teleprompter……. how can you blame it on a teleprompter when there was no teleprompter??

  10. Michael says:

    “Kim Delaney seemed to make a valiant attempt to rescue the production… ”
    Nice reporting, McDevitt! You should apply for a job with the Obama Administration the way you spun this!! WOW! “valiant attempt to rescue the production”

  11. frankie lorain says:

    How difficult is it to talk about yourself!?! All she said in a nut shell is, I play an Army wife on Television. It’s nothing like going through it in real life. Blah blah blah.
    These are the Hollywood elite who talk about U.S. Politics and world affairs. It’s clear that this one needs a puppeteer’s hand up her ass.
    I’d love to see Obamas’ prompter go out. He would probably deflate, collapse and unfurl behind the lectern.

  12. Humpy J. Brown says:

    I think she made a VALIUM attempt at delivering the speech. This self absorbed tootsie has been wasted to the nine hole since about 2003. The only difference is that, during taping, the director can call “cut” and shoot the scene again. And again. And again. And, well—you get the idea.

  13. Greggy says:

    Come on..what about her disheveled appearance? Her hair looked like she just rolled out of bed ten minutes before going on stage and didn’t even brush it. There may have been teleprompter problems too, but this was more than a teleprompter problem. How embarrassing, how awful. That was appalling..

  14. Morgana99 says:

    I don’t know anything about her, but just by watching this, it looks like the teleprompter doesn’t work and she was likely flown in, briefed, but mostly counted on the teleprompter, which should have been working appropriately. That’s pretty normal for something like this. You can’t win “em all and you can’t go after someone’s throats like many of you are over something so trivial. I’d really want to know much more about the situation to talk the way many of you are. Shameful.

    1. bobbalouie says:

      Don’t be an idiot. She was high as a kite. There were people in that audience who’ve lost loved ones defending our country and this nozzle shows up stoned and completely unprepared. Absolutely disgraceful. Should be a career ender. Probably won’t be, though, with bozos like you floating around out there “understanding” these people all the time.

    2. Humpy J. Brown says:

      So then, you’re a drunk, too? You always stick up for each other, don’t you?

    3. If you can't type anything nice, don't type anything at all. says:

      Agreed. I felt sorry for her. I’m fed up with all the hateful comments written on the internet, in the safe anonymity of their cowardly homes.

      I’d bet 90% of those who commented have never had to make a public speech to an audience that size (or importance). If she was counting on a teleprompter and it failed — yikes, I’d have nightmares about that. What do you do or say, when your brain is frozen and the words just don’t come to you? (Maybe after a red-eye flight, busy at work, etc.)

      “There but for the grace of God go I.”

  15. Jack Ryan says:

    No…it was the teleprompter. It had been on a week long binge of drugs and alcohol. It was in fact the teleprompter used during the Charlie Sheen Roast.

  16. dogsweat1 says:

    Anybody else addicted to Beano?

  17. vanessa says:


  18. Apocalypto says:

    What a freak. I used to be a fan but obviously she’s just another clueless wasted has been.

  19. Doug H says:

    If “teleprompter” is a new catch phrase for “heroin,” then she probably has a valid point.

  20. jbspry says:

    Well, what can you expect in the way of guest speakers from an organization that gives awards to self-important blowhards like Bono?

    1. Humpy J. Brown says:

      Ah, yes. Bono. Or more correctly “BONE-O”.

      “Am I boogin’ ya? I don’ wanna boog ya if yer not inta savin’ the world like I am.”

  21. NormB says:

    Blames the teleprompter? Pshaw, right. Like she thinks she’s The Obama? Hahahahahahahahahahah

  22. shameful says:

    ” Kim Delaney made a valient attempt to rescue the production” LOL. Thats like saying the iceberg tried save the Titanic. Robert Gates must be proud of you KIm.

  23. And the casting for next season’s Celebrity Rehab begins…….


    1. whoknew says:

      I said the SAME thing. Call Dr. Drew fast.

  24. Joy says:

    teleprompter?? Come on….If someone reading from a teleprompter realizes that the thing is going bonkers, it’s time to quit looking at it and ad lib. She wasn’t giving a talk on nuclear physics, she was supposed to be giving heartfelt comments about our military. Since when should that even take a teleprompter? She was either under the influence of something or she’s an incompetent boob. End of non-story.

    1. TexasLady41 says:

      No I think you better “come on”. Why pick on Kim for having trouble with a telepromter when our own President of the United States can’t even say a few words (speech) in front of a bunch of fifth graders. And god help him when the few times he has tried to inject a few off the cuff remarks, he makes a fool of himself.

      Cut Kim some slack.

      1. Nick Frese says:

        The last president set the bar for stupidity, bad speeches, and poor use of the language pretty high. I don’t know that the current president, nor even Kim Delaney, can top him. LOL!!!!!!

  25. Joseph says:

    Could be she was having blood sugar problems or some other sort of physiological difficulties. No need to criticize the woman at least until some sort of explanation is forthcoming.

  26. ryan l morelli says:

    She’s wasted. The only person that doesn’t know that has never had a drink.

    1. Jeremy says:

      If it was blood sugar or something like that though, then THAT would have been the official Kim-camp excuse – not teleprompter issues. And like someone else said – if the teleprompter is messing up that badly, time to blame it on the equipment (publicly, before continuing to look silly), and ad lib. If you’re solid you make up a few words of sincere thanks.

  27. LOL says:

    She’s hot

  28. Jane M. Luterio says:

    There is no question that Kim Delaney had tooooo much to drink. If that wasn’t the case she had to be having a stroke. She has had problems in the past with alcohol and last night was a disgrace.

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