The future of FOX’s Lethal Weapon television series is now reportedly in question due to the on-set behavior of co-lead Clayne Crawford. The series, which also stars Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh, has come into its own as one of the more popular programs in FOX’s lineup, making the reports of unprofessional behavior by one of its leads a troubling development, as Hollywood is under increased scrutiny for how it responds to reports of abuse from problematic actors and creators.
The series is currently in its second season and is enjoying solid ratings in its Tuesday night time slot. And while the success of Lethal Weapon would normally make a season 3 renewal a sure thing for both FOX and Warner Bros., the studio that produces the series, it would seem that both are mulling options from recasting the role to outright cancelation of the series due to what is reported as Crawford’s emotionally abusive behavior.
The news was first reported by Deadline, who says Crawford “has a history of bad behavior on the show” and “has been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment.” The report continues to say that cast and crew feel uncomfortable around him on set, which has put the actor’s future and the future of the series itself up in the air.
With the show’s future now in jeopardy, both FOX and Warner Bros. are exploring the option of recasting the role of Martin Riggs altogether, as that would at least keep the show running and save the jobs of the cast and crew already working on the series. At the moment, there’s no word on how far into the search for a potential replacement things have progressed, but it may not be far, as a report from TVLine suggests Warners is even considering recasting the role with a female, though there’s no clarification on whether or not that would be the same character or a new one to star opposite Wayans.
So far, Crawford has not yet been officially let go from the series, and it remains to be seen if he will or if Lethal Weapon will simply end with the season 2 finale, ‘One Day More,’ which is expected to air on Tuesday, May 18. The news is certainly not an ideal way to end what has otherwise been a successful sophomore season for the series, but we will be sure to update you with new developments either way.
Lethal Weapon continues Tuesday with ‘Jesse’s Girl’ @9pm on FOX.