Lethal Weapon star Clayne Crawford is fired, producers desperately looking for a replacement
Lethal Weapon star Clayne Crawford has been fired from the show as the producers scramble around to find a replacement.
Fox and producers of the TV show 'Lethal Weapon' are scrambling to find a replacement for troubled star Clayne Crawford who was recently fired from the show. Studio Warner Bros. Television has been scrambling to find an actor to replace him.
As reported by Hollywood Reporter, many actors have been offered the role of Martin Riggs for a potential third season. Crawford has come under limelight lately for his extremely bad and inappropriate behavior on the set of the show. The actor also apologized for two past incidents for which he was reprimanded.
Crawford shares that the first incident happened when he became angry with what he thought were unsafe working conditions on the set. After his outburst, the actor met with the human resources and apologized for his role in the conflict and also went on to complete studio appointed therapy.
The 40-year-old released a statement on Instagram about the two incidents. "It is true that I have been reprimanded twice during this past season of Lethal Weapon. 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 with my response," he wrote.
He also shared a significant portion of his paycheck with one of the parties involved. The second incident took place during an episode that Crawford happened to be directing when another actor on the set did not feel safe after being hit by a piece of shrapnel from an effect.
"It was an unfortunate event that happened in spite of all safety precautions and procedures being followed,” he said. “I take responsibility for the incident because I was in charge of the set," Crawford added.
"I absolutely love, respect and care for my crew and cast, and would never intentionally jeopardize so many jobs. I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on our set, or feel less than celebrated for their efforts. Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention Lethal Weapon is receiving because of these incidents," Crawford wrote.
Crawford took to Twitter to respond and wrote, "Hmmmmmm? Wait, wait, wait……you can’t fire me on my day off!" The shocking news of Crawford being replaced comes two weeks after Deadline reported that the actor had been "disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment" while on the set.
Crawford's behavior has left Lethal Weapon many connected with the series say that they would rather not work with the actor. Fox and Warner Bros. TV have until the 30th of June when options of the cast will expire, to make a decision on the future of the series.
Thank You to EVERYONE who has tweeted this season, we fans 💖 the awesome show 👏 cast, crew @LethalWriters @mattmillerTV @LethalWeaponFOX @FOXTV #LethalWeapon @DamonkWayans @ClayneCrawford @keeshasharp @KevinRahm @MMitchenor @JthanPrime @JordanaBrewster @andrewdcreer see u S3🤞 pic.twitter.com/lUdCkSXPX0— Lethal Weapon WC (@LethalWeaponWC) May 9, 2018
Fox and Warner Bros. TV had no comment, and a representative for Crawford did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Many fans and followers took to various social media platforms to express their feelings regarding the matter.
What the actual hell????!!!!... c'mon...clayne is Riggs...no one can replace him. This is devastating...and as always...a great show will be gone... disappointing #LethalWeapon #askclaynecrawfordtostay #bigmistake— Heidi Pointner (@hpointner2912) May 9, 2018
Noooo!!!! He is the reason we watch this show!!! He is such a troubled soul. No one else can do that job!! Bring him back!!!— Darlene Dennis (@vdennis47) May 9, 2018