A few weeks ago, Clayne Crawford apologized for a couple of on-set instances, in which he blew up at the director of an episode, and another for which he took responsibility as the director of another episode for an injury to his co-star Damon Wayans, which itself resulted in the further deterioration of their relationship. Apparently, the two co-stars were no longer on speaking terms, and ultimately, Fox decided to fire Clayne Crawford because there were a lot of people on set, reportedly, who refused to work with him anymore.
My guess is that there was probably more than just those two instances and that Crawford was too toxic to work with. Again, it’s a shame, if only because Crawford was the only reason to really watch Lethal Weapon, and after sticking with the series for nearly two full seasons, I quit ahead of the season finale. I didn’t want to support Crawford, but there’s also no reason to watch without him.
I’m not likely to check back in, either, because Fox has found a replacement for Crawford, and although I am positive he’s a good guy and probably easy to work with, I’m not keen on a Lethal Weapon co-starring Cosby-defender Damon Wayans and Stifler. Indeed, Crawford will be replaced by Seann William Scott, according to a statement by the President of Fox, per Variety:
“Seann is a fantastic addition to this already amazing cast. Lethal Weapon is packed with action, drama and pure fun and we can’t wait to see Damon and Seann together on screen. Matt Miller, his incredible team and everyone at Warner Bros. have been tremendous partners, and we’re thrilled to bring this show back for another season.”
I like Scott. He was great in Goon, but Lethal Weapons doesn’t work more than it does, and when it does, it was because Crawford could anchor it with some truly anguished performances. I don’t suspect that Scott will be capable of that, and Lethal Weapon will lean harder toward its action-comedy elements, giving up what little drama it had. It will probably be a bigger show, but I doubt it will be as good, not that it was ever that good to begin with.
Meanwhile, Clayne Crawford is taking the high road here.
There’s probably a lot more to this story than any of us will ever know.