Damon Wayans set to exit Lethal Weapon series
Just over a week after the debut of the new season, Fox’s adaptation of the action franchise Lethal Weapon has just lost its other leading man as Damon Wayans,, has announced he will be exiting the series after production wraps on the third season.
In an interview Wayans had with website Eurweb.com (via Variety), the 58-year-old actor announced his conclusion with the show in December when production wraps, citing his age and health as the main reasons as to why he’s leaving the series, joking he’s “getting too old for this.”
Wayans’ exit comes swiftly on the heels of the firing of former star Clayne Crawford back in May amidst reports of hostile behavior on set towards fellow cast and crew members, which left the fate of the show hanging until Seann William Scott was added in a new role to fill Crawford’s role as Martin Riggs, who was shot and killed in the second season finale.
Scott is portraying Wesley Cole, a war veteran and father who moves to Los Angeles to be closer to his child. Cole’s ex-girlfriend Natalie Flynn is played by Psych vet Maggie Lawson. Flynn is an emergency room surgeon who met Cole in a war zone years prior to the start of the season, only for Cole to land in her ER once again. Cole has partnered with Damon Wayans’ senior detective Roger Murtaugh after the now street cop and senior detective stumble onto the same case and solve it together.
Combining action, drama and humor, Lethal Weapon is based on the hit movie franchise. The series stars Wayans, Keesha Sharp (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Kevin Rahm (Mad Men), Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious), Johnathan Fernandez, Dante Brown, Chandler Kinney and Michelle Mitchenor.
Lethal Weapon is a production of Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions. Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG serve as executive producers, and airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.