Clayne Crawford Is Out Of ‘Lethal Weapon’. Producers Looking To Recast.
Well, this is not the easiest news for Fox to deal with so close to their Upfront presentation on Monday. Clayne Crawford, who up until today, played Riggs on ‘Lethal Weapon‘ has been fired by WBTV, the production company, according to reports in TV Line and THR.
For those who haven’t been following this story, news emerged over the last few weeks of issues with Crawford on the set of the show. There were apparently two “incidents” where the actor had to be “disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment.”
Crawford himself then released a statement saying “The first reprimand was because I reacted with anger over working conditions that did not feel safe or conducive to good work under the leadership of a guest director and assistant director, who, in turn, were angry at my response.” He continued “The second reprimand happened just a few weeks ago during the episode I was directing. An actor on set felt unsafe because a piece of shrapnel from an effect hit him. It was an unfortunate event that happened in spite of all precautions and procedures being followed. I take responsibility for the incident, because I was in charge of the set.” The actor in the second incident he was referring to is believed to be his co-star Damon Wayans, which can’t have helped matters between the leading duo.
The incidents led to the Crawford being ordered to attend studio appointed therapy and having to share a “sizeable portion” of his paycheck with one of the parties involved.
Warner Bros. Television are now scrambling to find a replacement lead actor to take over role… Ideally before Fox has to make the decision to renew or cancel the show, which should be happening on (or just before) their presentation on Monday.
The whole thing is a rather crazy situation, given ‘Lethal Weapon’ is one of Fox’s highest-rated dramas, and really should have been a shoe-in for a 3rd Season. However, Crawford’s behaviour seems to have placed it very much on the bubble of being cancelled.
There currently has been no statement from Crawford, Fox or WBTV, so we’ll have to see how things develop. We’ll let you know when we hear more.
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