“Lethal Weapon” may undergo a cast shakeup after behaviour by star Clayne Crawford has put the future of the TV series in jeopardy.
Deadline reports that a sure-fire season renewal may now be up in the air over multiple complaints about the actor, who has “been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment.”
The “Rectify” alum plays Martin Riggs on the TV series based on the Mel Gibson/Danny Glover film franchise. Reports indicate Crawford’s role may be recast to secure the future of the show and may explore casting a female character to play opposite Damon Wayans’ Roger Murtaugh.
Crawford reportedly has a “history of bad behaviour on the show” and tensions have escalated to the point where other actors and crew feel “uncomfortable” on the set with him. Sources did not indicate what type of behaviour Crawford was engaging in nor if there was an inciting incident to prompt the recasting of his role.
Crawford has since apologized for his behaviour, taking to Instagram to share a letter to fans, cast mates, and the crew.
“I absolutely love, respect and care for my crew and cast, and would never intentionally jeopardize so many jobs,” Crawford wrote. “I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on our set, or feel less than celebrated for their efforts. Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention ‘Lethal Weapon’ is receiving because of these incidents.”