Clayne Crawford out at 'Lethal Weapon' as Seann William Scott Steps In

Producers were left to scramble to find a new actor to replace Crawford in the two-hander, with multiple stars passing on offers to join the Fox show until Scott engaged.

Lethal Weapon has gone from being in serious jeopardy to scoring a surprise season three renewal thanks to a shrewd re-casting. "Warner Bros. Television has decided not to renew Clayne Crawford's contract for Lethal Weapon, " the studio said in a statement.

The drama behind the scenes of the Lethal Weapon show has been well-documented over the last few months, now Damon Wayans will stay in his role as Roger Murtaugh, with the show being renewed for a third season.

With Crawford having been let go, his role will be taken over by American Pie's Sean William Scott, who will be playing an entirely new character, likely as Riggs' brother to keep the Murtagh-Riggs dynamic alive.

The network has picked up the police action drama series for a third season without Clayne Crawford, who played Martin Riggs.

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"Seann is a fantastic addition to this already wonderful cast", said Thorn. After clashes on set between star Clayne Crawford and Wayans, Crawford was sacked - and the show was in jeopardy. Indeed, FOX announced today that Lethal Weapon Season 3 is happening, but Crawford will no longer be part of the show. Zero communication with Fox or Warner Bros.

According to sources, the decision to replace Crawford was not made lightly as it could've jeopardized the future of a series that is a profit generator for the studio, and it stems from the studio's zero tolerance policy on behavior that is deemed inappropriate. Based on the film series starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon is averaging more than 8 million viewers on multi-platform viewing. "Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention Lethal Weapon is receiving because of these incidents", he said.

It will be the first network series role for Scott.

The action drama is executive produced by Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG.

Warning. The next paragraph contains spoilers about the Season 2 finale of Lethal Weapon.

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