“Lethal Weapon” star Clayne Crawford is staring down some bad news. Although the Fox series has been renewed for a third season, he won’t be on it.
The network announced Sunday they were picking up the action drama once more, but that Crawford was out as Martin Riggs. Soon after the news broke, the actor took to Instagram to support the show, but express his sadness over his ousting.
“To my cast and crew – CONGRATULATIONS on season 3!” Crawford wrote. “To the Fans – Thank you for the overwhelming support and love. Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full.
Good Luck nxt season!!”
Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, announced “Lethal Weapon”s renewal Sunday, along with the reveal that Seann William Scott (“American Pie”) will be joining the cast next season as a new character who folds into a partnership with Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans).
A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television added that the studio had decided not to renew Crawford’s contract following incidents of “bad behavior” on the Fox action drama’s set, for which he apologized. The announcement of Crawford’s ousting comes less than a week after news broke the studio was exploring recasting his part.
“Seann is a fantastic addition to this already amazing cast,” said Thorn. “‘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.”
“Lethal Weapon” is based on the feature film franchise of the same name. The cast includes Wayans, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Jordana Brewster, Johnathan Fernandez, Dante Brown, Chandler Kinney, Michelle Mitchenor and now Scott.
See Crawford’s post below.
“Lethal Weapon” airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox.