Kim Delaney escorted from stage at event honoring Robert Gates

      Actress Kim Delaney speaks before former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates receives the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center Thursday in Philadelphia.

      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.