Fans accuse Keesha Sharp of using 'Lethal Weapon' past as publicity for her directorial debut
Keesha Sharp broke her silence about what happened behind the scenes at Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' back in April on Tuesday and clearly, fans aren't pleased with what she had to say
Brace yourselves, the drama returns.
Fans are slamming Keesha Sharp after her recent revelations about Clayne Crawford's exit from 'Lethal Weapon', Fox's buddy cop show. They are accusing her of using the messy situation the show was in back in May as a way to come to the limelight. "I'm sure the fact this is nicely timed in with her directorial episode has nothing to do with a clever marketing ploy (and yes it's pretty much BS)" said one fan on Reddit. Sharp's directorial debut did in fact air on the same day as the statement and fans think the timing is uncanny. This week's episode of 'Lethal Weapon' named 'Panama' is Sharp's first outing in directing the team. "So much of that article is bullshit," one angry fan wrote.
Fans were also quick to call out her diplomacy when it came to talking about their beloved Clayne Crawford. "It’s funny that she says she won’t say anything about CC, but she didn’t say shit when her husband spent months trashing CC," one fan said, referring to Damon Wayans, who plays her husband on the show. "Funny how she said she won't say anything about CC but she was the one that tweeted 'I know about the other incidents' in reply to CC's response to her back in August (If that was true about the other incidents — it's not — I'm sure it'd have been 'leaked' by now). Laughable about 'it's hard seeing so many 'lies' spread about the cast' too. I didn't see her call Damon out on his lies about CC — especially considering they 'saw him as 'family'," another fan said.
"I've lost so much respect for her, all of them actually (excusing the young actors who, I hope, go on to do bigger things)," another fan said as many others called it "clearly a bullshit statement". Another fan accused her of being a hypocrite. "If she hates liars so much, she definitely should have called out DW for spreading all of those lies about CC. But I guess she only picks and chooses when to say that. It’s sad that the teenagers who play the Murtaugh's kids are way more mature than the actors who play their parents."
In an interview with Digital Spy, Sharp said that the show was canceled after Crawford was fired. "I won't get into specifics, but I will say that the network and the studio did not make this decision lightly," she said. "It's crazy to me that people think any actors would have anything to do with such a huge, huge decision. The show was canceled. I got a phone call."
She continued: "The show was canceled after they were going to release him for reasons that they felt were justified in terms of behavior they didn't want to continue to deal with. And so, for them to make that decision, it wasn't easy. We had a number one show, and it was hard for the 'Lethal Weapon' family to deal with it, and especially not wanting to talk about it in public and hurt anybody," revealed Sharp.
She added referring to why she didn't open up about Crawford before, "You just don't talk about another family member. That being said, it's been hard. It's been hard to see so many lies being told about the cast. But we're still going to keep quiet about that and keep it positive because I think light and love will be the thing to silence any kind of darkness. I will say, it was hard and we've moved on, and we're happy that the show found life after Riggs. It's been a blessing to be able to continue."
Fans had earlier alleged that it was Damon Wayans' doing, who was jealous of Crawford's popularity with fans and had allegedly wanted to sabotage him. It had a lot to do with the fact that Wayans was the only one who had taken the feud out in the open after publicly posting pictures of a cut on his head that he claimed was Crawford's doing. Crawford really sealed the deal when he said in an interview that he had never even been officially told that he was fired. "I thought they’d give me a buzz. Just a jangle? Just grab two cans and a string and just be like, 'You’re not coming back. We feel like this is the Damon Wayans Show and people just don’t like you. So go the f*** back to Alabama, you dumb hick. Thanks for playing'," he said in a candid interview with 'Variety'.
The drama intensified when Wayans himself announced that he was quitting and he was too old to be doing showbiz. Soon after, fans saw him on television with his son Damon Wayans Jr on CBS' 'Happy Together'.