The future of Fox’s Lethal Weapon and starring actor Clayne Crawford are both up in the air after reports yesterday that star Crawford has been fired. According to headlines from TVLine and The Hollywood Reporter (THR) yesterday afternoon, Fox and studio partner Warner Bros. Television gave Crawford the boot after reports of misconduct on set. However, Crawford himself says he has yet to be handed the pink slip.
According to reports, Fox and Warner Bros. are looking to replace Crawford, which may play a big role in whether or not Lethal Weapon gets a Season 3.
Neither Fox, nor Warner Bros, nor Crawford’s agent have commented on reports of Crawford’s firing.
However, last night Crawford made an Instagram post alluding that he isn’t sure whether or not he’s been fired from the Fox show.
“When everyone seems to know your future but you. No word from Fox or Warner Bros. I hope I’m not fired!! Dang,” the caption says.
TVLine claims that while a final decision on the show’s future has yet to be made, it seems likely renewal will be based on if Lethal Weapon can find a new Martin Riggs to pair alongside Damon Wayans’ Roger Murtaugh, with CinemaBlend making the same deduction.
Meanwhile, THR claims that “multiple actors” have already turned down the role. It says Fox will have its upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers on Monday.
Warning: Spoilers for Lethal Weapon Season 2 follow.
Last night, the Season 2 finale of Lethal Weapon aired, giving show writers a potential segue into Crawford’s departure with Riggs being shot in the chest, as noted by Deadline.
However, CinemaBlend points out that this ending was made before the drama around Crawford’s behavior made headlines.
Last month, reports surfaced that Lethal Weapon may not be get a third season because Crawford had been disciplined “several” times after “complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment,” and some of Crawford’s cast mates and crew members feeling “unconformable” on set.
Crawford later released a statement via Instagram, admitting to being reprimanded once for having “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 at my response.”
He also said he was disciplined because he directed an episode where “an actor on set felt unsafe because a piece of shrapnel from an effect hit him.”