The small screen reboot of Lethal Weapon has been dealt another set back with Damon Wayans reportedly quitting the show. Following the exit of Clayne Crawford after his on-set behavior got him fired, the show seemed to bounce back with the casting of Seann William Scott as a new partner for Wayans' Roger Murtaugh.
The third season debuted to a positive response from fans, and that was thought to be the end of the production setbacks. In a video interview released via Variety, Wayans has revealed that he will be leaving the show once all thirteen season three episodes have been completed.
“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.”
Later in the interview, he added; “I’m giving them enough time to find a replacement."
When questioned what he planned to do once he was done on Lethal Weapon, Wayans said: “I’m going to return to the stage and try to find my smile again.” The tension between Wayans and Crawford during production became public knowledge earlier this year after a stunt in an episode Crawford directed left Wayans injured. The change of co-star seemed to have the desired effect with Wayans commenting that the set was a "lighter" place with Seann William Scott. However, Wayans sounds exhausted by the grueling schedule and is ready to call it a day.
There is a slight curveball in the already complicated situation; Warner Bros TV is considering ordering an additional two episodes for the third season, and it remains unclear if Wayans will stay should the series get a back order. Like all major TV shows, Wayans signed a multi-year contract which is believed to have options for six seasons. That being the case, I doubt the studio would exercise that option if Wayans really wants to leave.
Naturally, Wayans' exit has led to talk of the series being axed as I'm not sure you can really call it Lethal Weapon without Riggs or Murtaugh.