Last spring, in what was apparently a pissing match between hot-tempered Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans, who reportedly didn’t show up on set some days, Crawford was forced out after video footage of him losing his sh*t surfaced (there was also footage of both men screaming at each other). I took no position in this feud; it sounded like they were both being assholes, although Crawford got a big head about it and thought that the show couldn’t move ahead without him. He was wrong.
So, Crawford is gone, and in last week’s season premiere, his character dies, and Seann William Scott replaces him. It wasn’t a bad episode, and Seann William Scott seemed a capable replacement. It seemed as though the show would get back on its feet and return to lightly entertaining its viewers while delivering middling ratings.
However, after all of that, Damon Wayans has decided that he’s going to quit, too (although, it doesn’t appear as though he’s cleared it with the network yet). From Variety:
In an interview with the website Eurweb.com, Wayans said that he plans to exit the Warner Bros. Television-produced drama after finishing production on the 13 episodes ordered by Fox for season three.
“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13,” Wayans said in a video interview. “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.”
Asked by his off-camera interviewer, “So you’re over it?” Wayans replied — reference his character from the series, “I’m done. Like Murtaugh said, I’m too old for this.” Asked if he’s kidding, Wayans shook his head and said “No.” As for what he’s going to do next, Wayans said, “I’m going to return to the stage and try to find my smile again.”
And so, come December, Lethal Weapon, which is based on the characters Riggs and Murtaugh from the Richard Donner movies, will no longer have Riggs and Murtaugh.
Will it continue without Wayans and Crawford? For 3.8 million viewers (and a .8 in the demo), I don’t know why it would. But then, I’m not a television executive at Fox, so what do I know?
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