Lynette Rice
March 09, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

The last time anyone saw Kim Delaney, the star of Lifetime’s drama Army Wives, she was delivering a rambling, incoherent speech during last September’s Liberty Medal award ceremony in Pennsylvania. But in her first interview since video of that night’s cringeworthy performance went viral, the veteran TV actress tells EW there’s nothing she can do today to change what she now dismisses as a ”bad week.” ”I wasn’t feeling great [and] there were technical problems,” Delaney explains of her performance at the event. ”I was prepared, but it didn’t come out that way. It was like the perfect storm for something to go wrong. And then it goes viral! There’s just nothing you can do [but] deal with it, right?” Deal with it and stay focused on your hit show: On March 4, Army Wives kicked off its sixth season with 3.6 million viewers, maintaining its position as the network’s most watched program. Fans will be excited to know that Delaney and her costars — including Catherine Bell (Denise), Sally Pressman (Roxy), and newest recruit Kelli Williams (The Practice) — are shooting a total of 23 episodes this season, though it’s unclear whether the last 10 will air this season or be saved for later. ”I’m really having a wonderful time,” says Delaney, 53, who calls her character Claudia Joy ”the heart of the show, and the producers still come up with creative ideas for her. She’s so much fun to play.”

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