Only months after Fox and Warner Bros. fired Clayne Crawford (CSI, Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids, Happy Endings) has announced that he’s leaving Fox’s Lethal Weapon reboot after the show’s third season wraps up.
According to a brief interview conducted by Electronic Urban Web, Wayans said he’s going to be “quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13.” Fox’s Lethal Weapon was picked up for a third season after the conclusion of Season 2 in May 2018. The show’s third season–which premiered last month–is only supposed to contain 13 episodes. After that, Wayans will no longer star in the television drama, and with Crawford out of the picture, the show’s future hangs precariously in the balance.
News that Crawford would be exiting the drama first made headlines in May 2018, as its second season finished up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Crawford came under fire for his behavior on the production set. Though he’s since apologized for the incidents he was reprimanded for during the second season, this came too little too late. Crawford was fired, and Fox and Warner Bros. cast actor Sean William Scott (American Pie, Dude, Where’s My Car) to lead alongside Wayans.
Unfortunately for both companies, Fox and Warner Bros. will have to scramble (again) to find another actor to fill the role Wayans will leave vacant in December if the show gets renewed for another season. “So, I really don’t know what they’re planning,” Wayans said in the interview. “But that’s what I’m planning. I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”
While Wayans may be leaving his current starring role, he isn’t abandoning acting altogether. He said, “I’m going to return to the stage and try to find my smile again.”