Damon Wayans is officially done with Fox's Lethal Weapon TV series. This comes as a major blow to the show, which lost its other lead, Clayne Crawford, following a string of bad on-set behavior. It's unclear how the network plans to address Wayans' exit, but the actor revealed that he'll be departing after they finish filming the first 13 episodes of season 3. Here's what Wayans had to say about it in a recent interview.
"I'm going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13. So I really don't know what they're planning, but that's what I'm planning. I'm a 58-year-old diabetic and I'm working 16-hour days."
When pressed on the subject, Damon Wayans, referenced a classic Danny Glover line from the movies saying, "I'm done. Like Murtaugh said, I'm too old for this." This may come as a blow to fans of the series and for the network, but for Wayans, the move doesn't come as a major surprise. The actor seemed very unsatisfied with his experience, as he clashed a lot with former star Clayne Crawford. Following his departure, the network replaced Crawford with former American Pie star Seann William Scott. Elaborating a bit, Wayans expressed his desire to spend more time with his family.
"You have to look yourself in the eye and ask, who are you? It can't be all about work. I'm from a big family, a loving family. All the family gatherings, I haven't seen them. I'm too tired or I can't because it conflicts with work... I have seven grandkids. I've been missing recitals and graduations. To me it's just not worth it. There is a better way to live life."
This could wind up being the final nail in the coffin for the series adaptation of the popular action movies. Losing one of the main stars is one thing. Losing both is another thing entirely. It remains to be seen whether or not audiences will respond to Seann William Scott's new character. Let alone having to introduce yet another new character, which could change the dynamic of Lethal Weapon entirely. It may even be challenging to finish out the season, with Damon Wayans leaving after 13 episodes. It's a difficult situation.
Warner Bros., who produces the series for Fox, has yet to comment on the situation. What we know for sure is that Lethal Weapon season 3, which premiered on September 25, airs Tuesdays on Fox. The network will have just a couple of months to figure out how they want to handle the situation, unless they can somehow convince Damon Wayans to stay, who to return to the stage following his exit. But that seems unlikely at this point. Lethal Weapon season 4 seems less likely than ever, that much is certain. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details come to light. This news was first reported by Eurweb.