“Lethal Weapon” star Clayne Crawford has apologized for two on-set incidents, which led to recent reports saying the Fox drama was on the verge of cancellation due to his behavior.
“As you can imagine, yesterday’s headlines were incredibly distressing,” the actor wrote in a statement on Instagram. “It is true that I have been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of ‘Lethal Weapon.'”
The statement goes on to outline the two incidents that led to him being disciplined, both stemming from the working conditions on set. One was a confrontation with a guest director and assistant director earlier in the season, and the other came during the filming of an episode Crawford directed, when an actor was hit by a piece of shrapnel from a stunt.
“I take great pride in treating everyone in life with dignity and kindness,” he continued. “I am very grateful for my job, and I work extremely hard at it. I have a responsibility to do good work for my coworkers, my family, and my home state, and most especially for the fans. I hope they will stick with me and stick with the show.”
Deadline first reported on Monday that Crawford’s behavior put the well-performing Fox series at risk of not receiving a third season from the network. The report claimed Crawford had been the subject of “complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment” to the point that cast and crew felt uncomfortable working with him.
Crawford took responsibility for his role in both incidents on Tuesday, explaining that he has since completed Warner Bros.-mandated therapy.
“I absolutely love, respect, and care for my crew and cast and would never intentionally jeopardize so many jobs,” Crawford wrote. “Moreover, I love the process of filmmaking and television. I appreciate and respect the work of everyone involved. It takes a village, and I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on set or feel less than celebrated for their efforts.”
Read the full statement below: