Damon Wayons quitting Lethal Weapon

Second lead star to exit US action drama.

Lethal Weapon is set to lose another star with Damon Wayans indicating he will exit the show in December after 13 episodes of the show’s third season.

“I really don’t know what they’re planning, but that’s what I’m planning,” Wayans told Electronic Urban Report. “I’m a 58-year-old diabetic, and I’m working 16-hour days.”

He said his job was putting too much strain on his personal life, noting that his daughter and mother both had recent surgeries that he missed because of filming.

“It’s hard for me to play this loving, supportive father / husband / friend on TV but be the guy in life that who’s telling everybody, ‘I can’t — I have to work,’ ” he said. “This has been very hard… I’ve been missing recitals and graduations, and to me it’s not worth it,” he added, noting that he is leaving to “try to find my smile again.”

His departure will follow Clayne Crawford’s termination earlier in May.

Deadline notes that since Wayans’ statement went public, producers and executives have tried to find out whether his comments were a reaction to physical and mental exhaustion or a well thought-out and final decision.

Lethal Weapon has screened in Australia on Nine but not since mid-2017.

7 Responses

  1. I was sorry that Clayne Crawford was fired because he was brilliant as Riggs.
    Some rumours indicate that it was may have been because of Wayans not getting along with Crawford, not just Crawford’s anger issues or other incidents. I wish Wayans had decided to leave then, and the show could have continued with Riggs getting a new partner after Murtaugh retired.

  2. I love this show, I’ve spent many days and nights rewatching both season 1 and 2. I was disappointed they decided to sack Clayne, I wasn’t sure if the show could even go on without him,I’ve only seen the first episode of the 3rd season and it was pretty good.

    Wayans character is getting close to retirement so his character could easily leave or even take a slower role in the show, If a tv shows success rides on it’s actors then the show is set to fail

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