Damon Wayans Announces Lethal Weapon Departure

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Fox's Lethal Weapon is just two episodes into its third season, but the series is already losing another lead. Damon Wayans, who plays Roger Murtaugh on the show, will be departing the project in December. The third season was greenlit for a 13-episode run by Fox, and it remains to be seen if it'll be back for the spring season.

Wayans is leaving the show because, to quote one of his character's most iconic line, he's "too old for this s--t." In his words, he has missed out on several major events in his family's life. Most notably, his work schedule kept him from attending surgeries for both his wife and daughter. "It's hard for me to play this loving, supportive father, husband, friend on TV, and be the guy in life that is telling everyone, 'I can’t, I have to work.'"

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Lethal Weapon received a shake-up earlier this year when Clayne Crawford, who played Martin Riggs, was fired due to friction with Wayans, as well as multiple cases of bad behavior on set. He has since been replaced with Seann William Scott's Wes Cole, but it's currently unknown who will be Wayans' replacement should the show return.

"I really don't know what they're planning but that's what I'm planning," said Wayans.

Lethal Weapon airs Tuesday nights on Fox.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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