Damon Wayans is officially done with Fox's Lethal Weapon TV series. In case you had forgotten (or missed it the first time around), the Fox series was embroiled in drama earlier this year between Wayans and now former co-star Clayne Crawford.
Neither Fox or Warner Bros. "Crawford then released a detailed statement explaining and apologizing for both of the incidents, which seemed to suitably diminish the situation". He has since been replaced with Seann William Scott's Wes Cole, but it's now unknown who will be Wayans' replacement should the show return.
Damon Wayans, who plays Roger Murtaugh on the show, will be departing the project in December. "All the family gatherings, I haven't seen them", he continued.
In the interview, Wayans cites his age and the fact that he is diabetic as reasons he no longer wants to work the hours that a broadcast series requires.
An off-camera interviewer responded to Wayans' news by saying, "So you're over it?"
At this time there is no word on what Fox plans to do with the series after Wayans shoots his final episode, but it was up for cancellation after his previous co-star Clayne Crawford was sacked.
When asked what he's planning to do next, Wayans emphasized his unhappiness.
He added, "I'm going to return to the stage and try to find my smile again". Though the show was never a ratings breakout in the USA, it does well internationally, and much of the draw was - of course - that these characters were based on ones from the popular movie franchise. However, with him gone and Sean William Scott now taking on the new leading role, you'd expect they'd be able to trudge forth and build a relationship between Murtaugh and his new partner Cole.
When asked why he suddenly made a decision to leave the show, he claims that as someone pushing 60 and dealing with diabetes, the 16-hour days are too long. All the family gatherings - I'm too exhausted [or] can't becuase it conflicts with work.
Lethal Weapon airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
"It's hard for me to play this loving, supportive father/husband/friend on TV but be the guy in life that who's telling everybody, 'I can't - I have to work'". My grandkids. I've been missing recitals and graduations and to me, it's not worth it.