A broadcast drama series that has had its share of drama behind the cameras is about to undergo another big change. Variety reports that Damon Wayans says he’s leaving Fox’s “Lethal Weapon.”
The series just debuted its 13-episode third season on Fox on Sept. 25.
In an interview for the website Eurweb.com, Wayans is quoted saying: “I’m 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.”
Variety adds: “Asked by his off-camera interviewer, ‘So you’re over it?’ Wayans replied — referencing 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 added, ‘I’m going to return to the stage and try to find my smile again.’”
The announcement by Wayans comes after series producer Warner Bros. Television removed star Clayne Crawford from the show, replacing him with Seann William Scott in a new role. Following that move, Fox renewed “Lethal Weapon” in May.
“The dismissal and the subsequent renewal followed a series of on-set conflicts involving Crawford and Wayans — captured in an exclusive video published by Variety in June as part of an investigation into chaotic production conditions on the show,” Variety reports.
The Variety clip can be seen by clicking here.
The latest Variety report adds: “As Variety reported at the time, tension between Crawford and Wayans reached a breaking point last October, when Wayans was injured during production of an episode that Crawford was directing. After Crawford was let go from the show in May, Wayans took to Twitter to post photos of the head injury he suffered in October while shooting a stunt and to slam Crawford, posting photos of fliers he claimed to have found on the Warner Bros. lot decrying his co-star as ‘an emotional terrorist.’”