Despite being fired from Shonda Rhimes‘ “Scandal,” Columbus Short hosted a viewing party for the Season 4 premiere. Short was booted from the ABC show in April after he faced two battery charges, including one for domestic violence.
He posted a flyer for the party, held at Boogalou Lounge in Atlanta and live-tweeted the event throughout the evening on Thursday. The party was sponsored in part by local radio station V-103, which is one of the places Short has been doing damage control.
Short was charged in February with misdemeanor spousal battery — his wife Tanee McCall later filed for divorce. Just a few weeks later, Short was arrested for a felony battery charge after a fight in a restaurant. Last month in Los Angeles, he pleaded no contest in the domestic violence case. But later had a change of heart and plans to appeal.
Short blames TMZ for “being the judge and jury and the executioner” of his career. He told Dish Nation, “I feel like, Harvey Levin got the proverbial hard-on for me or something because he was attacking me for no reason … TMZ is making all that money, but it’s blood money to me. I really believe it, because you’re destroying people’s families.”
Short isn’t resting on his laurels, and he’s clearly not ready to let go of his three seasons as a Gladiator for Kerry Washington on “Scandal.” Aside from the viewing party, he’s also releasing a new single via iTunes entitled “Gladiator” on Friday.
Twitter reaction to Short’s viewing party was hilarious, and the actor wasn’t shy about retweeting some of the more unflattering messages. He seemed to enjoy the broadcast as well, even as it bid farewell to his character. We’ve collected some of the best responses from the Twitter-sphere below.
– jbo (@Jbeezy__) September 26, 2014
– Jai Stone (@JaiStone) September 26, 2014
– Bo (@JumpManZ) September 26, 2014
Should #ColumbusShort be editing his resume and not tweeting
– #STILLWITHFERGUSON (@Keepin_up_wit_K) September 26, 2014
– Ike&TinaDaugther (@BadAssFrame) September 26, 2014
– JohnVerdejo™ (@JohnVerdejo) September 26, 2014
– THE BIG KENNEY (@BIG_KENNEY) September 26, 2014