Fox's Lethal Weapon TV series has recently been renewed for a third season, but Damon Wayans' co-star Clayne Crawford will not re-join the cast.
Wayans reportedly shared a series of since-deleted tweets on his also-since-deleted private account containing photo and video depicting instances of on-set tension between himself and Crawford. News Sources including Deadline, TMZ, and USA Today obtained screenshots of the tweets in question. The bad blood between the actors supposedly stemmed from one particular accident Wayans made note of on social media.
Wayans reportedly wrote in one tweet, "Now that the fate of the show is solidified.. I'd like to address the TWITTER outrage with this video and image to follow." He ends the tweet by using the hashtag #directedby and tagging Crawford's account.
In the follow-up image, Wayans reveals a small, bloody injury on the back of his head, and writes, "How does the shrapnel from this hit me on the opposite side of the head?" He again tagged Crawford. Another tweet said, "He hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea and busted his mouth open."
In perhaps the strangest tweet from Wayans' thread, he attached a picture of what looks like a sticker with Crawford's picture on it along with the phrase: "Clayne Crawford is an Emotional Terrorist." Wayans alleges he did not personally put up the sticker, and that its placement "around the lot" accounts for the overall feelings towards his co-star by others on-set.
Wayans added, "He became UNINSURABLE! Relished in making females cry and struck fear in the cast and crew."
The disturbing claims made by Wayans and rising tensions on set led Warner Bros. to re-cast Crawford's character. Some fans of the show are skeptical of the situation, though, speculating that Wayans' outcry is a response to Crawford's character rising in popularity. Plenty of others are supporting Wayans.
So far it's unclear what really went down to cause the studio's final decision, but as it stands, season 3 of Lethal Weapon will feature Seann William Scott taking over as Wayans' co-star.