Damon Wayans Announces His Departure From ‘Lethal Weapon’
Comedic legend Damon Wayans is checking out. At 58-year-old Wayans has different priorities in life, none of which include spending 16 hour days on set. According to an interview with Euroweb, Wayans said after he’s done filming the 13th episode for FOX’s Lethal Weapon, he’s saying sayonara.
“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13,” Wayans said. “So I really don’t know what they’re planning, but that’s what I’m planning. I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”
When asked by the off-camera interviewer if he was kidding, Wayans underscored his original statement by saying. “I’m done like Murtaugh said, I’m too old for this,” he said referencing his character. As for what Wayans plans to do next he said, “I’m going to return to the stage and try to find my smile again.”
Wayans’ departure from the show comes after some reported tension between him and his former co-star Clayne Crawford. Crawford was dismissed and then replaced by Sean William Scott. Crawford’s removal from the show came after Wayans suffered a head injury during the filming of an episode directed by Crawford. Wayans later took to social to post pictures of the incident. Crawford retaliated and called Wayanas “an emotional terrorist.”
Season 3 of Lethal Weapon premiered Sept. 25 and takes after the beloved film starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as two cops on the opposite end of the spectrum.