Actress Kim Delaney Escorted from Podium at Event Honoring Former Defense Secretary

September 23, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Kim Delaney escorted from Philadelphia podium
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A woman wearing a headset escorts Actress Kim Delaney away from the podium before former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates receives the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kim Delaney, star of the television show "Army Wives," had to be escorted from the podium at an event in Philadelphia after struggling to read her speech from a teleprompter.

It happened Thursday at an event honoring former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Delaney is a 52-year-old Philadelphia native. Her remarks were punctuated by long pauses and fragmented sentences. After several minutes, a video began to play. She was escorted away from the podium to a chair on the side of the stage by a woman who appeared to be a producer.

Her publicist did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The event Thursday at National Constitution Center was in honor of Gates. He received the 2011 Liberty Medal, a civic award, for his long public service career.