Columbus Short calls Tom Joyner a N*gga during an interview

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Columbus Short, one of the stars of the hit TV show, “Scandal,” is having a very hard time right now.   You have to wonder if he’s losing his mind with all the stress.   He has been accused of domestic violence by his third wife Tanee McCall, who says that Short pulled a knife out on her and threatened to kill her and himself.

Now, McCall has a restraining order against Short, and it’s slowly being revealed that the lady’s man that everyone loves from Scandal might not be mentally stable.  At least, the stress might be getting to him and his career could be coming to an end.

This interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show might be just the situation that ruins him for good.  Short’s character on the show, Harrison Wright, was shot during the season finale, leaving his fate in the air. But even beyond that, Short might have ended up shooting himself in the foot.

If you listen to the interview, you can see that poor Columbus is clearly stressed.  If he doesn’t get it together, this could be a bad ending for him all the way around.

Listen here to hear it for yourself. 


  1. Corbin

    April 19, 2014 at 4:33 am

    What business is it of ours?? If he beats her, pulls out knives, stomps her or drags her down the street by her hair – it is not our business. She should leave his crazy behind, have him committed somewhere and be done with it. I am sick of hearing about this situation.

    • Greg

      April 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

      You are right. You never know the dynamics of a situation like this from the outside. We are not in it. She could be Man Eating him. She could be driving him crazy. Some women are capable of this. We don’t know. I only know that he better get ahold to himself. They will blame him. Even if she is provoking him. I do not judge situations like this. I only hope for the best for everyone involved. You never know the whole dynamics of them. He needs to cut her loose the quickest possible. His behavior will make him another casuality as a black man in life. That is a fact that will happen if he keeps going the way he has been going.

  2. shunda

    April 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I love how everyone in the comments comes to the defense of a man who is known for domestic abuse. Leave it to my people to make a woman beater into a victim. Let the hate mail begin.

    • Gwen

      April 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

      @ shunda……you better preach, gurl!

    • Greg

      April 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Wrong….I do not take either side. I do not know them personally.

    • Elem

      April 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      The only victims, are those who have died as a result of injury inflicted upon them by an abuser.

      Perhaps survivors of domestic violence should stop dating aggressive men and women.

      • Gwendolyn T. Singh

        April 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm

        Wow! That’s rich! You have to die to be a victim. No brother you become a victim the first time you accept the abuse and do nothing

    • cheche

      April 28, 2014 at 6:33 am

      You took the words out of my mouth Shunda. I especially like the comment which says its none of our business if he drags her by her hair, ect. I hope he doesn’t have a sister or loved one who is being abused! Its wrong to hit anyone stupid!

  3. keenah p

    April 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

    It is our damn business, thats,what’s wrong, we wanna brush shit off, because some are fans of “Scandal” and Mr.Short? Wrong is wrong!! If its been factual that he abused his wife,he’s wrong and she needs help and she needed to leave his ass quick and she did the right thing,get law involved, no ex uses, cause if he hit you once it will be a rerun, believe it! BUT! SOME MEN AND WOMEN NEED TO REALIZE THAT KEEPING YOUR HANDS TO YOUR SELF IS YOUR BEST BET!!

  4. Rev. George Brooks

    April 19, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Well, no matter the other problems Short is having, his reference to Tom Joyner was the wrong definition. But he would have been right on target if he had simply called “Uncle Tom” Joyner a tap dancing clown, who possesses little to no seriousness about the many problems of black America. And to think that he is a Tuskegee man, is totally disgraceful to the school’s founder, Booker T. Washington, and the great George Washington Carver. He should be in a clown suit in a circus. And he also tries to keep other blacks that are affiliated with him humble and quiet of many issues. — Rev. George Brooks

    • Makar72

      April 19, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Too strong Reverend!!… Way too strong. I would never expect a reverend to be this brazen in talking about someone else.

    • sungod

      April 19, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Alright rev!

      • sungod

        April 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

        Hey Rev,don’t forget Steve Harvey!

        • Dr. George Benson

          April 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

          Seek the Truth, know the Truth and never be afraid to speak Truth to Power–something that’s in critcally short supply througout Black America. Right On Rev… keep speaking the Truth!

    • Taalideem Johnson

      April 20, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Uhm reverend..The Irony of calling Tom Joyner an “Uncle Tom”..Please read a book and educate yourself. If you could comprehend the writings of Dr. W.E.B DuBois, you would know that the token “Uncle Tom” of that day was Booker T Washington, and While Frederick Douglas was celebrated as a this great activist of his day, he was much more of a conspirer, than anything else… So continue to educated the masses with your ignorance. Clearly, the old, conservative white man party isn’t the only threat to the Black community these days.

  5. Robert

    April 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

    In this controversy over the word, aren’t you (especially young people) saying it’s alright for a Black person to call another Black person the “n” word? Some even say that it’s a term of endearment! So what is the problem? One “n” calling another “n” a “n” therefore everything is suppose to be fine, right! So let’s go on a campaign to end the word or continue to be stupid and keep using it.

  6. Arnett V Cooper Cooper

    April 19, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I know that Brother Columbus should ask God to help him to overcome the challenges he going through I hope that Sister Rhimes didn’t do him like she did Brother Isaiah Washington on Grey’s but he’s back on the show now as far as Brother Columbus goes the racist media should leave him alone and report why Whites are going racially crazy on everybody of Color in this country especially Black men and Blacks in this country

  7. james

    April 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

    So sad so strange, its not a wonder why we are so insignificant in our own country.

    We will protect those who are obviously wrong, ( Mr. Short, Rev Sharpton, President Obama). They are scandalous, and have real problems with telling the truth! I’m not comparing Short to the others however,..you don’t allow lies to stand, be it a TV actor, a street corner preacher, or the President!

    • Greg

      April 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

      You sound like a white person. So I dismiss your words.

  8. Greg

    April 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

    His character was not shot. Papa Pope’s henchman pulled out the Silencer, and the scene cut off at that point. We do not know if he was popped. He is quick witted. He may get a chance to play ball with the Big Papa Pope. It is undetermined yet if his character is rock a byed. They pop a lot people on that show. And sometimes, they give them a chance to talk your way out of the popping. He may have talked his way out of death again. He did it with his girlfriend before. She was popped in the last show. But it has not be determined if he is gone for good yet.

  9. Greg

    April 19, 2014 at 11:43 am

    He did not use the n-word in a bad way. It was the old fashion faternal way that we black folks can do. He also verified my saying he was not shot. I did not listen to the tape before I wrote my first post rebuttal on him being shot. Big Papa Pope’s henchman was getting ready to pop him. He did not pop him yet.

  10. Sisi

    April 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I don’t watch that mess!

  11. Sisi

    April 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I don’t watch that mess!!

  12. Tiara

    April 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I’m so very disappointed in this article. The projection of Harrison’s character is dehumanizing and stereotypical. If you were to take in account of what is going on in his life then maybe support should be the background and possibly tone of the article. Yes, as other commentators stated on the page that his usage was not even harsh, but yet a jokingly manner towards to the crew of Tom Joyner’s. I believed this is one of the moment that as a community a minority, should stand behind him not joins with the other media outlets.

  13. ericaf

    April 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    He didn’t say it in a disrespectful way. He went into sl@ng for a minute. If his wife filed for divorce 3 times and stayed, if anything happens it’s on her.Filing for divorce happens when someone has violated some part of your vows and is not to be taken lightly. So to do it 3 times, she’s not serious. It’s on her for staying with her nut.

  14. Peter D. Slaughter

    April 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Glad I do not watch this waste of time non-sense.
    I wonder why do so many black’s like to sit around like heckle and jeckle and watch trashy phony tv programs from hollyweird.
    I wonder do he call the people names who have him acting in such demeaning type roles.

  15. Gale

    April 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Well, you might want to listen to Tom Joyner and his crew the morning before. Seems to me that they may have started some of the stress. How they instigated hoping for a confration, talking about what they see as his character in a very negative way. I am just saying…. Tom Joyner and his crew need to look in their closet before they demean others. Joyner is not exempt from negative press either he is an OLD PLAYER. Tom Joyner needs to help these young men instead of berating them.

  16. Gwendolyn T. Singh

    April 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Reading this mess makes me glad I don’t have TV. We as black people have to stop polluting our minds and get serious…. THESE ARE SERIOUS TIMES WE LIVE IN!

  17. Sinner Saint

    April 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Laughter and Smiles to all. Eye am Sinner Saint a stand up comic in the making and think it is truthfully funny the reaction this article has received from us all. Remember folks. It’s the point of writing an article, to stimulate and shake up the thinking process.

    Domestic Violence is subtle, mental, physical and clouds the spirit. Mental Illness is honest. I am a male, bipolar, no processed medication, and do not allow my thoughts to branch off into my violence. I knew i was different since birth and thus I crafted my thoughts of reality.

    Once eye mastered my techniques I handled every domestic and non domestic violence moment with the poise and power of knowing who eye actually know for myself. The Power of Thought rules or governs your actions of expression from thoughts. *We are always children. Knowing this one thought allows me to see into your spirit, your mind, your heart, your ability, your short comings, and your intent.

    Simply put, I grew up at a very young age only to remain surrounded by adult children who control my community and government. Money Ain’t the power as much as The Belief of money is the power!

  18. yvette waters

    April 21, 2014 at 6:30 am

    It is 3 sides to every story his, hers, and the truth.
    If we put as much time and energy in our own relationships
    we would not care or have the time to be concern with celeb’s and
    their issues.


    • marilyn

      April 28, 2014 at 2:39 am

      Dear Yvette,

      You are so right. I think people in general waste so much time and productitivy by not cultivating their own lives. Remember people life is short, it is up to us to make it sweet. If in fact you do have some free time, spend it a a museum, take a class, or do what I am doing in my late forties, learning to play the piano and speaking a second language. Your life will be much more calm and sweeter. We as a community have too much to deal with.

  19. Ann G.

    April 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Drexel is right, this word needs to be buried, no one needs to be saying it period. This word is used so often due to not being educated to the English language, hip hop uses it, everyday people uses it, I’m sick of hearing it. If this guy is stressed, he needs to get himself the help that he so badly needs. We can’t educate others outside of our race about the “N” word until we educate ourselves about it.

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