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.