Clayne Crawford was officially fired from Lethal Weapon on Sunday, hours before Fox officially renewed the series for a third season.
The firing comes as little surprise when you consider there have been rumors about it over the last few weeks, and Crawford seems to be in good spirits in the aftermath of it all.
The actor took to Instagram to share to share his thanks for the experience and wish the show good luck for Season 3 with Seann William Scott taking over the co-lead role.
"To my cast and crew - CONGRATULATIONS on season 3! To the Fans - Thank you for the overwhelming support and love," Crawford said.
"Riggs was a dream role, and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full. Good Luck nxt season!"
He also shared the below photo, which is presumably from one of his final days on the set.
Reports emerged just weeks ago claiming that the series was in danger of cancellation if a replacement for Clayne could not be found.
While the rumors swirled about what was really going on behind the scenes, Clayne released a statement of his own in which he went into detail about things that happened on set.
It is true that I have been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of ‘Lethal Weapon.’
The first reprimand was because I reacted with anger over working conditions that did not feel safe or conducive to good work under the leadership of a guest director and assistant director, who, in turn, were angry at my response.
I met with human resources, I apologized for my part of the conflict, and I completed studio appointed therapy in October. I even shared a sizeable portion of my paycheck with one of the parties involved, per the instruction of the studio.
The second reprimand happened just a few weeks ago during the episode I was directing. An actor on set felt unsafe because a piece of shrapnel from an effect hit him. It was an unfortunate event that happened in spite of all precautions and procedures being followed.
I take responsibility for the incident, because I was in charge of the set. I absolutely love, respect, and care for my crew and cast and would never intentionally jeopardize so many jobs.
Moreover, I love the process of filmmaking and television. I appreciate and respect the work of everyone involved.
It takes a village, and I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on 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. I take great pride in treating everyone in life with dignity and kindness.
I am very grateful for my job, and I work extremely hard at it. I have a responsibility to do good work for my coworkers, my family, and my home state, and most especially for the fans. I hope they will stick with me and stick with the show.
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