Lethal Weapon season 3 is in serious trouble as the show's co-lead, Clayne Crawford, has reportedly been fired. The studio is now scrambling to recast the role of Martin Riggs, originally played by Mel Gibson in the Lethal Weapon movies, ahead of the potential third season. Fox has yet to officially pick up the series for a season 3 and without a co-lead, it seems potentially unlikely that the network will pull the trigger on more episodes of Lethal Weapon.
This all came about as the result of reported misconduct and behavior issues from Clayne Crawford on the set of Lethal Weapon. The actor was said to be creating a hostile work environment and was also accused of emotional abuse. Crawford acknowledged being reprimanded by the studio and detailed two incidents that occurred during the production of Lethal Weapon season 2. Here's what he had to say about it in a statement posted to his social media accounts.
"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. I met with human resources, I apologized for my part of the conflict, and I completed studio appointed therapy in October. I even shared a sizeable portion of my paycheck with one of the parties involved, per the instruction of the studio.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."
Co-star Damon Wayans is said to have been the one who took the shrapnel. Clayne Crawford's on-set behavior reportedly got so bad that Wayans won't even talk to his co-star anymore. While multiple reports state that Fox and Warner Bros. have moved on from Crawford, this would be news to him. The actor took to Instagram to declare that he hasn't been informed of his firing just yet.
"When everyone seems to know your future but you. No word from Fox or Warner Bros.
I hope I'm not fired!! Dang."
The post contains an image of Clayne Crawford shrugging, but with a smile on his face. On Twitter, the actor joked about the situation saying, "Wait, wait, wait......you can't fire me on my day off!" Despite the fact that he is very likely going to be unemployed in the near future, if he isn't already, he seems to have a sense of humor about the whole thing.
Quite a few of Clayne Crawford's fans came to his defense on social media, with many saying they won't support Lethal Weapon season 3 if the actor is actually fired. Fox is set to present its fall lineup of programming on May 14, so if they're going to cast a new actor, they're going to have to do so in a hurry. If not, it looks like the Lethal Weapon season 2 finale may wind up being the series finale. Currently, there's no word on who may replace Crawford. This news comes to us courtesy of TV Line.