September 23rd, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Kim Delaney delivers awkward speech

According to Philadelphia's CBS 3, "Army Wives" actress Kim Delaney tried to give a speech at an awards ceremony held at the National Constitution Center Thursday, but she didn't quite succeed.

The station reports that the presentation of the Liberty Medal was already experiencing production problems when Delaney, a Philadelphia native, was called onto the stage. She was supposed to be giving an introductory speech for the award, which was being presented to former US defense secretary Robert Gates.

However, when she hopped up on stage - sans introduction, mind you - she started to give a bumbling presentation. "As I try to comfort wives, husbands, families, fathers, children...loved ones made good...what I've learned is the Constitution Center. Knowing no words, no talk, can ever bring back their people."

Those who were there reportedly noted that it appeared her teleprompter wasn't working. After some long, awkward pauses and fumbled delivery, Delaney tried talking about her Lifetime show.

"Yes, we have members of...military, on 'Army Wives,' and we do our best to tell their stories," she said. But she apparently paused too long as she began her next sentence, because a video abruptly began to play and CBS 3 reports that she was escorted offstage.

The station adds that calls to the Constitution Center, the production company for the ceremony and Delaney's rep haven't been returned.

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  1. JS

    She's the hottest 50 year old in history. It doesn't matter what she says. She's one example of where drugs and alcohol didn't destroy her looks

    September 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LL

    I can't help but laugh at some of these comments. SHE'S DRUNK! She needs help. She made a fool of herself. She doesn't need 'preparation' or a 'hairbursh' and she wasn't 'performing'. She's an ALCOHOLIC! She needs rehab, again. Poor woman. How very, very sad.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. betty


    September 26, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    How about a little preparation prior to going on stage Kim? Perhaps you could read the script a few times and use the prompter if you get lost. At least invest in a hairbrush so you can see the screen. Disgraceful.

    September 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tommy Chong

    She was high, so was I, we smoked a phattie behind the dumpster, man! Then the teleprompter screwed up. that just made it worse!

    September 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @deanna

    Julianna Margulies is on The Good Wife and Kim Delaney is on Army Wives.

    September 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Deanna

    Hasn't anyone noticed the error? This is Juliana Margulies of Army Wives, NOT Dana Delaney. And how about not jumping to speculation about what happened.

    September 25, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Deanna

      See, my own jump to conclusion. So it is Kim Delaney – a little google search to find it really is her who delivered the speech. Message is still the same – let's not jump to conclusions until she has a chance to tell her side of the story.

      September 25, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • haha


      September 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Karen

    The press seems to be going more haywire than any teleprompter or actor. The longest press clip is also the one close up. While she didn't slur a single word, the clip clearly shows she did keep changing posture so as to get a better view and even squinted at what she was trying to read. Also, she wasn't "booted off" stage, as most press articles state –or even led offstage, as this one says. A techie whispers in her ear, presumably that there's a malfunction, as another techie is barking technical corretive orders. And then Delaney walks back to her seat onstage with the guest of honor. That wouldn't have happened to anyone drunk or high.

    September 25, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. SlingBlade

    Looks like her MK Ultra programming is starting to break down a bit. Guess she'll have to go into "rehab" soon and get her electric shock treatments and other assorted Mengelian techniques.....same as all the other Hollywood puppets.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. heydad

    Most actors will make light of the situation when something goes wrong. She didn't even try. She really looked dazed and confused. Poor thing. I do wish her well though.

    September 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. paula

    Her teleprompter may not have been working, but she was obviously high on something!! I love Kim, on Army Wives, so please go get some help. That was very sad to watch!

    September 24, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. adam

    She is talented and beautiful (although she could put on some weight). I've been a big fan since China Beach. Sounds like the program was a bit of a cluster. Too bad. Oh well, it's the sentiment that matters and the flubs will soon be forgotten.

    September 24, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • paula

      Kim wasn't on China Beach. It was Dana Delaney!

      September 24, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Willow the Cat

      Kim Delaney was never on _China Beach._ The star of that shouw was DANA DELANY. (different spelling of last name.) KD played Diane Russell, a detective with alcohol issues, on _NYPD BLUE_ . I understand that the actress has had the same issues in real life, and she may have been drunk or high on this occasion, but as I watch the tape the main issue does seem to be the teleprompter. What bothers me is the delight so many people take in a celebrity screwing up. If she needs rehab, wouldn't some public sympathy be more appropriate than a lot of bloggy jeering and snickering? My father died of cirrhosis: no one diagnosed his depression so he self-medicated with alcohol until it was too late. I'm almost afraid to write this for fear of someone snickering at ME, and I'm nobody. Have the American people lost their collective heart?

      September 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jb2817

    Who gives a flying bleep if she was on the sauce. I'd hit that like a vengeful god.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. NanookoftheNorth

    Kim Delaney did just fine on The View Friday, articulate and proud to be a part of AMC's history.
    It is obvious that she is trying to read something so a malfunctioning teleprompter would be the likely answer.

    September 24, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sheens Alter Ego

    One part nerves....two parts Belvidere...two parts Xanex =
    Kim Delany,
    Your Plane is Boarding.

    September 24, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  16. interesting

    The spin on this Kim Delaney story gets interesting as the day progresses. The initial stories on 9/23 discuss what happened and mention her alcohol history more so than the teleprompter incident. Stories like this one that came up later in the day heavily emphasize the teleprompter going haywire. We're not going to know what happened until Kim speaks up. She really does look disheveled and makes no sense, which makes you wonder about alcohol/drugs. No one mentioned the incident when she came on The View on 9/23– I wonder if they'll say something on Monday.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. @Evel

    Lmao! You come out with craziest $h!t!

    September 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Eric

    And if you think I'm not making valid points then check what you do for a living. I was a soldier in Desert Storm and glad I did not have to leave my family for all this crap over the last decade. I know the military and what it's like and the modern military is nothing but a shadow of the WWII era military. There are no more Audi Murphey out there and every man or woman who dies with a uniform on is almost never a real hero in the honest sense or definition of the word. I'm currently in similar form of public service to the military. Unfortunately, it's as much about show and dishonestly molding your perceptions as any modern military action.

    September 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Eric

    I think she was trying to make a legitimate point. They asked her to come there under the assumption that her role in Army Wives made her sympathetic to the whole "war" on terrorism that has been taking place in countries that were the birth places and homelands of absolutely none of the 9/11 terrorists. I'm all for killing terrorists but we should have done it right. Only political correctness stopped us. The terrorists were from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Lebanon, and one other place that I'm forgetting. They only guessed that they may have been trained in Afghanistan. And Iraq was a fraudulent endeavor from the beginning. Soldiers died for NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING. Maybe that's what bugs her. And if she was high I don't blame her. An event that size full of military brass is full of enough egos and pompous elitism to suffocate an honest and decent person.

    September 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  20. June '76

    She thought Opal was going to make her serve drinks at Foxys again in Pine Valley so she was nervous,where was Greg?

    September 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmessina

      Right!! Her manager should have booked her on the All My Children finale show instead of giving this speech.

      September 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      @June1976, LOL, you have a great memory!

      September 24, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  21. Evel Knievel

    She was a hot, drunk mess. I'd like to run into her at the bar late one night.

    September 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. SKY


    September 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. rinnie

    teleprompter or not she is obviously not using her own brain, so she is definitely on something, look at her shoulders and hair...your own brain should always trump what's on the prompter! She is not even making coherent sentences. Who are "they"? She is the one responsible for what comes out of her mouth, people!

    September 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmessina

      She's not drunk, she's high. Her eyes are glazed and she's speaking in a monote, non-slurred speech. How disgraceful considering the occassion. Typical product of Hollyweird.

      September 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna harper

      that is really sad. why did her "people" keep her from going on. she can barely stand up. will we be reading her obit now.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  24. samantha

    Typical moron actress....can't think and has little brain. Couldn't she say a sentence without looking like a drunk?

    September 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  25. fernace

    It sounds like a complete breakdown of communication! Who told her to get on stage without waiting for an intro? That was probably the snafu that made the whole program fall apart! She was on stage before she was called, telepromters weren't cued to her speech! The article makes it sound like she was drunk & making a fool of herself, but it was probably stage managers or her own reps who helped cause this blunder!!

    September 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Miss Kitty

    Maybe they could have given her the speech ahead of time to memorize? That way it wouldn't have mattered if the teleprompter failed and they could have avoided this awkward moment.

    September 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dio Crash

    This is exactly what every talking head politician would sound like if their prompters went haywire. Awkward yes, but surprising not. BFD, get some equipment that works, and there is no prob.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  28. John

    Just like Obama she is nothing without her TelePrompter!

    September 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous


      September 24, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      Don't be foolish. President Obama is articulate and intelligent, unlike Bush, who even with a teleprompter sounded like a complete idiot! Unfortunately Kim Delaney, looked as if she was on drink and/or drugs. What a terrible performance. I do hope that she gets sorted.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • sean

      God how stupid- ANYTHING to get a jab at the president. He's not my favorite, either, but give everyone a break. You cant be that stupid. She IS using a teleprompter. Say something more insightful and perhaps you won't look quite as bitter, and more biting.

      September 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mama

      .Smart Ass!

      September 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beachobx

      Obama's dog Bo is smarter than 'W' as well as most of the 2012 Republican candidates. Perry claims Bernanke ought to be tried for treason? Perry's statements so far about economic policy indicates he failed ECON 101.

      September 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Must...insert...Fox News...talking points...into...every matter how...irrelevant.

      September 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattinDC

      ..more like Bush and Reagan; Dumb & DUMBER respectively

      September 26, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |

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