A couple week back we covered reports that the future of the Fox drama Lethal Weapon was uncertain as complaints of behavioral issues involving star Clayne Crawford. That the network and studio were considering their options as reports of inappropriate behavior and causing an unsafe work environment surfaced. While the decision on a third season is still pending, TVLine is reporting that Warner Bros. Studios has decided to recast the part of Detective Martin Riggs in hopes of keeping the series going.
The site says it has multiple sources confirming the move and that the outcome of the recasting will be the deciding factor on the renewal, but both Fox and Warner Bros have declined to comment an representatives for Crawford have not responded.
The initial reports claimed that Crawford had been disciplined multiple times stemming from complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment. Now its being said that things progressed to the point where co-star Damon Wayans has stopped talking to him. One of the incidents in question is said to have happened while filming the 20th episode of season 2, an episode that Crawford was directing and Wayans was hit by a piece of shrapnel from one of the effects.
Crawford took to Instagram on April 24th to address the situation.
As we get closer to the Television Upfronts where most networks want to have their fall schedule locked in for advertisers to see, recasting will need to take place quickly if the show has any chance of continuing.
The season finale of Lethal Weapon airs tonight on Fox.