'Lethal Weapon' star Damon Wayans set to appear with son Wayans Jr as his onscreen dad in 'Happy Together'
'Happy Together' follows a young couple whose lives are thrown into chaos when a famous pop star moves into their home. The father-son duo will appear on the October 29 episode
After his shocking announcement to exit Fox's 'Lethal Weapon', actor Damon Wayans is reportedly set to appear on CBS' 'Happy Together'. The 58-year-old actor will be starring alongside his son Damon Wayans Jr. in the new sitcom and get this - he will be playing his dad. The show, that airs on October 29, will feature Wayans Jr as Jake and Wayans as Mike. The series follows a young couple whose lives are suddenly thrown into chaos when a famous pop star moves into their home.
The two will be seen in an episode called 'Like Father Like Son' where Mike decides to visit Jake and this strains Jake a little - who is also simultaneously working to keep things great with his wife Claire, played by Amber Stevens West. This episode also features another dad, Shadoe Stevens (West's father), who has taken a voice-over role.
The 'Lethal Weapon' star's announcement that he would be quitting the show come December left everyone in shock, including his son Wayans Jr. Senior Wayans made the announcement in an interview with Electronic Urban Report, on Wednesday last week, that he wanted to leave because he wanted to spend more time with his family. "I'm going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13, so I don’t really know what they’re planning, but that's what I'm planning," he had said. "I'm a 58-year-old diabetic and I'm working 16-hour days… Like Murtaugh said, 'Too old for this'."
He continued: "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.".
He did, however, mention that he would be returning to showbiz but on a comedy stage next year to "try to find his smile again". He added, "This has been very hard, especially last week. My mother had surgery, my daughter had surgery, and I had to look them both in the eye and go, 'I can't be there'." However, looks like Wayans Sr. has changed his mind.
Speaking on his dad's exit, the younger Wayans said in an interview with 'CBS This Morning' just a couple of days ago that he is just as weirded out as the rest of the world. He said, "I saw the video and I was just like, 'Dad, that's bizarre.' So I don't know, he might be. I don't know, if the show goes off the air he might be leaving."
His exit has not yet been confirmed by Fox or the show. Reportedly the show's cast, crew, and the network were not kept in the loop about the news and only Wayans knew about it. This is the second exit for the Fox buddy cop drama. Earlier this year, co-lead Clayne Crawford was fired from the show after allegations of violence were made against him.