His starring role in Lethal Weapon season three will be Scott's first time taking on a network series regular role. Indeed, FOX announced today that Lethal Weapon Season 3 is happening, but Crawford will no longer be part of the show.
With Wayans and Scott as new leading duo, Lethal Weapon has been renewed for a third season about 24 hours before Fox is slated to unveil its fall 2018 schedule to advertisers at its upfront presentation. Apparently the "bad behavior" continued, and FOX made the decision to remove the actor from the series entirely. For these fans, there simply is no show without Crawford to star as the loose cannon Martin Riggs - a character which was originated by Mel Gibson in the four-part film series of the '80s and '90s.
"Warner Bros. Television has decided not to renew Clayne Crawford's contract for Lethal Weapon", Warner Bros.
Combining action, drama and humor, LETHAL WEAPON is based on the hit movie franchise. "I take responsibility for the incident, because I was in charge of the set".
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Lethal Weapon was something of a bubble show for a renewal, averaging a 1.7 rating and a multi-platform audience of 8.6 million, but the series does well internationally.
According to reports, Wayans wasn't on speaking terms with Crawford, who eventually apologized for his "toxic behavior" on-set saying that he was "passionate" about doing good work. The recent Season 2 finale of Lethal Weapon laid the groundwork for Crawford's exit with a cliffhanger, in which (SPOILER ALERT) Crawford's Riggs, already planning to move back to Texas with Molly and her son, was shot in the chest.
The actor spoke out on social media. As of just a few days ago, Crawford's Instagram posts also revealed he hadn't heard anything from the network and expressed hope he wasn't being fired. (McG directed the pilot episode from a script by Matt Miller.) The series is backed by Warner Bros. "Dang", he posted on Instagram alongside a photo of himself with an amusing shrug.