Crawford was sacked from the series after what executives described as repeated instances of "emotional abuse" of cast and crew members, dating back several months, for which the actor was repeatedly reprimanded. The 41-year-old actor replaces Clayne Crawford, who has been ousted from the series following complaints of his on-set behavior.
The future of "Lethal Weapon" became cloudy after Crawford was dismissed for his outbursts on the set.
Newman says they're looking to the example of shows like "NYPD Blue", which "chang [ed] out one of their leads going into the second season". The Rectify alum later released a statement in which he elaborated on the two incidents that led Warner Bros.to reprimand him.
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"So apparently we have found the one who got @ClayneCrawford fired from #LethalWeapon Damon Wayans why else would he lock his Twitter account?" Instead, the network has recruited "American Pie" actor Seann William Scott to star opposite Damon Wayans.
Sources have told the Hollywood Reporter that Scott may play the brother of Crawford's character, Martin Riggs, leading to them being able to keep the well-known name in the mix.
"Seann is a fantastic addition to this already incredible cast", said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn in the announcement.
"Warner Bros. Television has decided not to renew Clayne Crawford's contract for Lethal Weapon". You fired Clayne Crawford and you're keeping Damon Wayans who unprofessionally went on a tweeting spree about how fans should move on from Clayne? Naturally, there are exceptions (Fargo, Hannibal, Bates Motel, Westworld), but I wasn't exactly that jazzed about Lethal Weapon. "I know that was not their first choice, but ultimately these were the circumstances that they could offer us the show".