If the controversy on the Lethal Weapon set carries on much longer, the Internet will deplete its supply of “getting too old for this.”
With the latest round of news from Fox’s Lethal Weapon, however, we are all well and truly getting too old for this.
Lethal Weapon star Damon Wayans has announced his intention to leave the show for good following its 13-episode order in Season 3. The comedy star revealed his decision to Electronic Urban Report, saying:
“I am going to be quitting the show in December, after we finish the initial 13. So, I really don’t know what they’re planning but that’s what I’m planning. I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”
Should Wayans follow through on his statement to leave the show, that will mark 100% of the two original Lethal Weapon stars who have left the show in one way or another through just three seasons. Wayans’ former co-star, Clayne Crawford was fired from the show following allegations of creating an unsafe work environment and at times being verbally abusive.
Lethal Weapon killed off Crawford’s character, Riggs, and replaced him with a new character to the series played by Seann William Scott. The casting change has been viewed largely as positive through the early episodes of Lethal Weapon Season 3. We found the premiere to be pretty entertaining! It’s unclear how the show would proceed if Wayans should leave. The show is currently contracted for 13 episodes but Fox has the option to pick up nine more.
This summer, Crawford told his side of the story in his firing to a friend, Ross Paterson, on his Drinkin’ Bros. podcast. Crawford blamed Wayans for the issues behind the scenes of the show, saying:
“I’ve worked with A-list stars and have never seen anyone treat someone the way they treated (Wayans). They’d reward his extremely poor behavior constantly, which only fueled the fire. When Damon left that day, he said, ‘I won’t hold a gun, you can’t point a gun at me, I’m not running, jumping or doing stunts anymore because I don’t trust you and I don’t trust (the VFX and stunt team).'”
Crawford mentioned throughout the podcast interview that neither he nor Wayans wanted to do the show in the first place. Now it seems like that very well could have been the case.
There is certainly time left for Fox to rescue this whole enterprise one way or another but as things stand now, the future of Lethal Weapon as a television franchise looks bleak.