"I create the illusion that I'm watching," the actor confesses

By Lanford Beard
Updated March 09, 2015 01:30 PM

Like his character David Rosen, Joshua Malina has been known to harbor a few secrets.

One thing Malina’s kept hush-hush until now? He hasn’t really been live-Tweeting Scandal alongside the rest of the Gladiators on Thursday nights.

“We moved up an hour [from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m.],” he told the crowd at PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Sunday night. “I don’t even get the East Coast feed, and I’m making dinner for my kids.” (To that, he added faux self-importantly, “Because I’m a remarkable man.”)

The actor, 49, told the panel he’s actually “pretending that I’m watching the show because I have a memory of what [the story] is, and I can see through my timeline what scene is going up.”

“Yes, I create the illusion that I’m watching,” Malina continued, “but I’m really just making dumb jokes based loosely on where I think the episode is at.”

In his own defense, Malina did preface that explanation by saying, “I do live-Tweet in a very committed way, but I’m almost never watching the show when I do it.”

Scandal airs Thursdays (9 p.m. ET) on ABC.