Ratings: ‘Lethal Weapon’ Slips in Season 3 Finale

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Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” slipped with its Season 3 finale on Wednesday, both week to week and year to year . NBC won primetime among adults 18-49 with “The Voice” and its Season 3 “World of Dance” premiere.

CBS topped another Tuesday in total viewers with “NCIS” leading the way.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 2.0/9 and 10.6 million viewers. From 9 to 11, the “World of Dance” premiere posted a 1.4/6 and 6.3 million viewers.

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CBS was second in ratings with a 1.0/4 and first in viewers with 9.4 million. “NCIS” at 8 put up a 1.2/5 and 11.7 million viewers. At 9, “FBI” landed a 0.9/4 and 9.5 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 received a 0.8/4 and 7.2 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 3.5 million. “American Housewife” at 8 had a 1.0/5 and 4.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Kids Are Alright” got a 0.8/3 and 3.3 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9 received a 0.8/3 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9:30, “Splitting Up Together” finished off the sitcom block with a 0.6/3 and 2.5 million viewers. “The Rookie” at 10 ended actual primetime to a 0.6/3 and 3.9 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.4 million. The “Lethal Weapon” Season 3 finale at 8 had a 0.7/3 and 3.1 million viewers. The “Gifted” season finale at 9 got a 0.5/2 and 1.7 million viewers.

The future of “Lethal Weapon” remains a question mark, though. After the exit of his former co-star Clayne Crawford (who played Martin Riggs) following Season 2, due to bad on-set behavior, Damon Wayans (Roger Murtaugh) said last October he was leaving the Warner Bros Television-produced show too, come December.

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A network insider told TheWrap the concerns Wayans expressed in that October interview have been addressed with showrunner Matt Miller, who “took care of them” and things are moving forward, with no word of any on-set drama since.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 821,000. Following a rerun, “Roswell, New Mexico” at 9 managed a 0.2/1 and 977,000 viewers.

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SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the season 3 finale of Lethal Weapon.
Earlier this month at TCA, Lethal Weapon creator/executive producer Matt Miller said that the season 3 finale ends with “a little bit of a cliffhanger”…

‘Lethal Weapon’ Season 3 Finale Airs Tonight – After All the Drama, Will There Be a Season 4?

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“Lethal Weapon” wraps its 15-episode third season tonight, capping off what is inarguably a less dramatic run than the one the Fox drama saw last year, but still marked by a possible looming crisis — and we’re not talking about what’s happening on-screen.

After the exit of his former co-star Clayne Crawford (who played Martin Riggs) following Season 2, due to bad on-set behavior, Damon Wayans (Roger Murtaugh) said last October he was leaving the Warner Bros Television-produced show too, come December.

“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13 [episodes],” he said in a video interview with Electronic Urban Report, just weeks after the show had returned with Wayans new co-lead, Seann William Scott (who plays Wesley Cole). “I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”

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“Like Murtaugh said, ‘I’m too old for this,’” Wayans added, saying he planned to “return to the stage” to “try to find my smile again.”

And then a week later, Fox added a couple more episodes to what is now a 15-episode Season 3, all of which — including tonight’s finale — feature Wayans. And the actor hasn’t spoken about his plans to exit — or not — since.

So what does this mean for “Lethal Weapon” going forward?

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Well, for starters, a network insider tells TheWrap the concerns Wayans expressed in that October interview have been addressed with showrunner Matt Miller, who “took care of them” and things are moving forward, with no word of any on-set drama since.

This sentiment echoes the one Miller made himself during the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this month.

Miller told reporters that Wayans said he was having “medical issues” halfway through the season and “as a result of that, it sort of made us all sit down, roll up our sleeves and say, ‘OK, we’re now really hearing you. What do you need?’”

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“He was tired,” Miller added. “And I think when all of us are tired we’re like, ‘Yeah, yeah, we’re all tired. Let’s keep going.’ And then he was like, ‘No, no, no, I’m really sick.’ And it was a cry for help, you know? And we all sat down and we worked on some hours and ways to fix his schedule a little bit and ways that maybe changed some storylines to accommodate him, since that time — and you should certainly ask him, I don’t want to speak for him — but since that time, it has been an absolute delight making the show. And I can say that for myself. He has come to work with a smile. He’s been thrilled”

Miller noted then that the show had wrapped production on Season 3 the prior week and “seeing [Wayans] there with a big smile on his face the entire time brought the whole crew together.”

“It was tough for him, he’s not a young guy,” Miller added. “And this is not an easy show to make. And the amount of stunts that we do in the amount of time that we have is really, really grueling.”

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So, if the show gets picked up for a fourth season — which it hasn’t yet — would the network be willing to do it without Wayans, should he decide it really is too “grueling” for him? After all, what is “Lethal Weapon” without both Riggs and Murtaugh?

We asked new CEO of Fox Entertainment, Charlie Collier, that question earlier this month at TCA — the same day Miller spoke about the situation — and while he wouldn’t give a yes or no, he did say the broadcaster would “retrench” to figure it out.

“It’s so interesting, I watch the show right now and think … as I said on the stage, you know, it’s really hitting its stride, and I think what they’ve got is a chemistry that the studio values, we value, and I think [Wayans and Scott] have, you know, done a really good job this season,” Collier told us in a one-on-one interview following his first executive session as Fox Entertainment CEO.

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“With respect to pickups… I don’t want to answer that. No, no, I’m kidding (laughs),” he added. “I think we’ll evaluate it when we see what we’ve got, but I’m really encouraged by the chemistry they’ve brought to the screen.”

When we pushed a little harder, asking again if Fox would proceed with a fourth season if Wayans decided to quit, Collier added: “We’d all have to retrench and, again, I love what he brings to the screen, so what I’m looking at is what the two of them are doing that is pretty magical. And I think if — I wasn’t here, but if you read way back when, I think people will be really pleasantly surprised with where they’ve brought the show.”

While the Fox insider we spoke with couldn’t speculate on what would happen if Wayans does want to leave, they agreed with Collier’s statement the network would need to regroup when the time came to figure out how to proceed.

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And all of this moot if the show does not get renewed for Season 4, which is a decision that has yet to be made and will come after Fox has weighed many factors, including ratings.

“Lethal Weapon” is currently averaging a 1.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 5.442 million viewers, according to L+7 data from Nielsen, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available. That’s a slight drop off from Season 2, which averaged a 1.3 and 5.457 million viewers, but a steep decline from Season 1, which scored a 2.2 in the demo and 8.631 million viewers.

However, the show’s first season aired at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, as the lead-in for “Empire,” while its second season was moved to Tuesdays at 8 p.m., ahead of various sitcoms like “The Mick,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “L.A. to Vegas.” Season 3 has remained in that time slot, but is now the lead-in for “The Gifted.”

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Representatives for Fox and Wayans did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment for this story. Warner Bros. declined to comment.

Speaking of Crawford’s exit, here is what Miller said last month, regarding how the show handled the actor’s exit last year: “This is a show that is very much a character piece with a procedural element in it. And for two seasons we played that hand really hard with these two guys. And forgetting for a second the off-camera stuff that led to this, from a creative point of view we kind of ran that relationship into the ground. And it was really an incredible gift to be able to relaunch a new version of that relationship starting from scratch with two characters that didn’t know each other, with two different sets of problems.”

The “Lethal Weapon” Season 3 finale airs tonight, Tuesday, at 8/7c on Fox.

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“Lethal Weapon” has already survived the loss of Martin Riggs, but could the Fox action drama survive the loss of Roger Murtaugh too?

After the exit of his former co-star Clayne Crawford (Riggs) ahead of the currently airing third season due to bad on-set behavior, Damon Wayans (Murtaugh) said he was ready to leave the show too come December — and then December came and went and not only was the actor still starring alongside his new new screen partner Seann William Scott (who plays Wesley Cole), but the broadcaster had added two more episodes to Season 3.

So, if the show gets picked up for a fourth season — which it hasn’t yet — would the network be willing to do it without Wayans, should he really want out? After all, what is “Leathal Weapon” without both Riggs and Murtaugh?

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TheWrap asked new CEO of Fox Entertainment, Charlie Collier, during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday if he’d be willing to do more without Murtaugh if Wayans wants out. And while he wouldn’t give a yes or no, he did say they’d “retrench” to figure it out.

“It’s so interesting, I watch the show right now and think … as I said on the stage, you know, it’s really hitting its stride, and I think what they’ve got is a chemistry that the studio values, we value, and I think [Wayans and Scott] have, you know, done a really good job this season,” Collier told us in a one-on-one interview following his first executive session as the new head of New Fox.

“With respect to pickups… I don’t want to answer that. No, no, I’m kidding (laughs),” he added. “I think we’ll evaluate it when we see what we’ve got, but I’m really encouraged by the chemistry they’ve brought to the screen.”

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When we pushed a little harder, asking again if Fox would proceed with a fourth season if Wayans decided to quit, Collier added: “We’d all have to retrench and, again, I love what he brings to the screen, so what I’m looking at is what the two of them are doing that is pretty magical. And I think if — I wasn’t here, but if you read way back when, I think people will be really pleasantly surprised with where they’ve brought the show.”

Last October, Wayans spontaneously announced in an interview that he planned to quit the show in December because he was “too old” for the long days.

“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13 [episodes],” he told Electronic Urban Report. “I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”

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The actor said at the time that he planned to “return to the stage” to “try to find my smile again.”

And then a week later Fox added a couple more episodes to what is now a 15-episode season, all of which are set to include Wayans, and the actor hasn’t spoken about his plans to exit — or not — since.

Following our interview, “Lethal Weapon” showrunner Matt Miller took the stage for a “Voices of Drama” panel, addressing Wayans’ status on the show further, saying Damon told the team he was having “medical issues” halfway through the season.

“As a result of that, it sort of made us all sit down, roll up our sleeves and say, ‘OK, we’re now really hearing you. What do you need?’” he said.

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“He was tired,” Miller added. “And I think when all of us are tired we’re like, ‘Yeah, yeah, we’re all tired. Let’s keep going.’ And then he was like, ‘No, no, no, I’m really sick.’ And it was a cry for help, you know? And we all sat down and we worked on some hours and ways to fix his schedule a little bit and ways that maybe changed some storylines to accommodate him, since that time — and you should certainly ask him, I don’t want to speak for him — but since that time, it has been an absolute delight making the show. And I can say that for myself. He has come to work with a smile. He’s been thrilled”

Miller said the show wrapped production last week, and “seeing [Wayans] there with a big smile on his face the entire time brought the whole crew together.”

“It was tough for him, he’s not a young guy,” Miller added. “And this is not an easy show to make. And the amount of stunts that we do in the amount of time that we have is really, really grueling.”

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The “Lethal Weapon” EP went on to address how the show handled Crawford’s exit last year, saying: “This is a show that is very much a character piece with a procedural element in it. And for two seasons we played that hand really hard with these two guys. And forgetting for a second the off-camera stuff that led to this, from a creative point of view we kind of ran that relationship into the ground. And it was really an incredible gift to be able to relaunch a new version of that relationship starting from scratch with two characters that didn’t know each other, with two different sets of problems.”

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Picked Up for 2 More Episodes at Fox With Damon Wayans

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Fox has ordered two additional episodes of “Lethal Weapon,” with Damon Wayans confirmed to return, TheWrap has learned.

The third season of the police drama will now total 15 episodes.

The news comes after Wayans spontaneously announced in an interview last week that he planned to quit the show in December because he was “too old” for the long days.

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“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13 [episodes],” he told Electronic Urban Report. “I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”

The actor said at the time that he planned to “return to the stage” to “try to find my smile again.”

“Lethal Weapon” returned for its third season last month with Seann William Scott as a new series regular, stepping in for original star Clayne Crawford. Crawford was fired at the end of last season following multiple clashes with Wayans on set and repeated warnings about his behavior.

Deadline first reported the news of the additional episodes.

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Here’s some typecasting for you: Damon Wayans Jr.’s father Damon Wayans has been cast as Damon Wayans Jr.’s father on CBS’ “Happy Together.”

Wayans (Sr.) will guest star on the sitcom’s Oct. 29 episode when his character, Mike, comes to town. It’s not great timing.

Mike arrives at the same time Jake (Wayans Jr.) is attempting to keep the romance alive with his wife Claire (Amber Stevens West), who is away, per CBS’ description. We all know where this is going.

Wayans and Wayans Jr. have previously shared scenes on comedies “Happy Endings” (Wayans Jr.’s show) and “My Wife and Kids” (the older Damon Wayans’ show).

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Papa Wayans says he is “quitting” his Fox drama “Lethal Weapon” in December after wrapping on the first 13 episodes of Season 3.

“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13 [episodes],” he said in a video interview with Electronic Urban Report. “I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”

“Like Murtaugh said, ‘I’m too old for this,’” Wayans added, channeling his character, Roger Murtaugh, who was played in the “Lethal Weapon” movies by Danny Glover.

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Brendan Dassey remains locked up on Season 2 of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” but the convicted rapist and murderer is not completely removed from society. He’s still got screen time, for example, and Dassey prefers to use it on his favorite TV show, Fox’s “Lethal Weapon.”

During the fourth episode of what Netflix prefers to call “Part 2,” Steven Avery’s nephew shares a few phone calls with his mother Barb and stepfather Scott Tadych. One of those he wants to keep short.

“My show is on. ‘Lethal Weapons,’” Dassey tells the two upfront before acknowledging that their call, the latest on his appeal and potential-release status, is “more important.”

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Earlier in the episode, Dassey and his family were in high spirits.

In August 2016, Dassey had his conviction overturned by federal magistrate judge William E. Duffin, who granted Dassey’s writ for a petition of habeas corpus, finding that his imprisonment was unlawful because his confession to the murder of Teresa Halbach was involuntary. In reaching that decision, Duffin wrote that the “misconduct” of Len Kachinsky, Dassey’s court-appointed attorney who was featured in the original “Making a Murderer” run, was “indefensible.”

Unfortunately for Dassey, who was 16-years-old at the time of the crime, the state of Wisconsin appealed his overturned conviction, saying that his confession “was voluntary and the investigators did not use constitutionally impermissible tactics.”

Back and forth the legal battle went, until ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Dassey’s case. He is still in prison and serving a life sentence.

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Dassey’s favorite TV show may not be on for many more of those years. Last week, star Damon Wayans said he’s quitting the Fox action-dramedy in December.

“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13 [episodes],” he said in a video interview with Electronic Urban Report. “I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”

“Like Murtaugh said, ‘I’m too old for this,’” Wayans added, channeling his character, Roger Murtaugh, who was played in the “Lethal Weapon” movies by Danny Glover.

The father of “Happy Together” star Damon Wayans Jr. said that he plans to “return to the stage” to “try to find my smile again.”

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Wayans’ former co-star Clayne Crawford was fired from the Fox series and his character killed off after on-set clashes between the two nearly led to its cancellation. In June, footage surfaced of the actors exchanging expletives over an injury Wayans sustained on an episode Crawford was directing.

In another incident, Crawford was caught losing his temper during a scene disrupted by background noise. Two months before that video leaked, Crawford apologized for his behavior, saying he’d “been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of ‘Lethal Weapon.’”

Crawford, who played Riggs (Mel Gibson’s role from the movies), has been effectively replaced by “American Pie” alum Seann William Scott in a newly created role. Fans have not responded favorably to the new partnership, as evidenced by declining Nielsen ratings.

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Damon Wayans Says He’s Quitting Fox’s ‘Lethal Weapon’ in December (Video)

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Damon Wayans says he is “quitting” Fox drama “Lethal Weapon” in December after wrapping on the first 13 episodes of Season 3.

“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13 [episodes],” he said in a video interview with Electronic Urban Report. “I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”

“Like Murtaugh said, ‘I’m too old for this,’” Wayans added, channeling his character, Roger Murtaugh, who was played in the “Lethal Weapon” movies by Danny Glover.

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The father of “Happy Together” star Damon Wayans Jr. said that he plans to “return to the stage” to “try to find my smile again.”

“This has been very hard. Especially last week,” he said. “My mother had surgery, my daughter had surgery, and I had to look ‘em both in the eye and go, ‘I can’t be there.’ It’s hard for me to play this loving, supportive father, husband, friend on TV and be the guy in life that’s telling everybody, ‘I can’t, I gotta work.’”

“You have to look yourself in the eye and go, ‘Who are you?’ And it can’t all be about work. And I’m from a big family, a loving family and I haven’t seen them. All the family gatherings — I’m too tired or I can’t because it conflicts with work,” he said. “I have seven grandkids. I’ve been missing recitals and graduations. To me, it’s just not worth it. There’s a better way to live life.”

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Watch the video above.

Fox and “Lethal Weapon” studio Warner Bros. both declined TheWrap’s requests for comment on this story.

Wayans said he is scheduled to shoot straight through until Dec. 21 or Dec. 22.

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The small-screen version of “Lethal Weapon” has been marred with casting issues.

Wayans’ former co-star Clayne Crawford was fired from the Fox drama and his character killed off after on-set clashes between the two nearly led to its cancellation. In June, footage surfaced of the actors exchanging expletives over an injury Wayans sustained on an episode Crawford was directing. In another incident, Crawford was caught losing his temper during a scene disrupted by background noise. Two months before that video leaked, Crawford apologized for his behavior, saying he’d “been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of ‘Lethal Weapon.’”

Crawford, who played Riggs (Mel Gibson’s role from the movies), has been effectively replaced by “American Pie” alum Seann William Scott in a newly created role. Fans have not responded favorably to the new partnership, as evidenced by declining Nielsen ratings.

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Clayne Crawford was fired from Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” last season, and though it ended with a seemingly dire cliffhanger for his character, it wasn’t immediately clear how the show would handle his exit.

Fan questions were answered in the Season 3 premiere on Tuesday, when the Fox drama revealed that Martin Riggs did not survive a shooting in the graveyard from last season’s finale.

Much of the episode, co-written by showrunner Matt Miller, focuses on Murtaugh’s (Damon Wayans’) inability to accept the death of his partner, convinced that he fell victim to some vast conspiracy. Unshaven and refusing to change out of sweatpants, Murtaugh spends all his time on a boat parked in his driveway, trying to crack the case of Riggs’ death.

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Those who watched the season finale earlier this year know what Riggs was actually shot by his half-brother, Garrett (Peter Coventry Smith), while visiting his wife’s grave. The premiere reveals that Garrett is also dead, and his death has been officially ruled a suicide, but Murtaugh suspects foul play.

Crawford’s character was killed off after on-set clashes between the show’s two stars nearly led to its cancellation.

In June, footage surfaced of Crawford and Wayans exchanging expletives in an argument about an injury Wayans sustained while Crawford was directing. In another incident, Crawford can be heard off-camera losing his temper during a scene disrupted by background noise. Two months before that video leaked, Crawford apologized for his behavior, saying he’d “been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of ‘Lethal Weapon.’”

When Fox ultimately decided to order a third season of the show without Crawford’s involvement, Seann William Scott was brought on as his replacement.

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Scott’s first appearance as Army veteran Wesley Cole came in the new season premiere, when he accidentally gets involved in Riggs’ case while working as a parking enforcement officer. The two cops end up chasing down a group of criminals planning to rob a bank using explosives set up in Los Angeles’ subway system.

Though Murtaugh was initially convinced the plot is somehow connected to Riggs’ death, a video found on Garrett’s phone confessing to the murder finally forces him to put his suspicions to rest. Garrett really was the sole individual behind Riggs’ murder — and he even apologizes in the video for the pain he has caused.

Murtaugh is finally forced to admit what everyone around him already knew: His obsession had less to do with the facts of the case than his refusal to accept his partner’s death. Armed with that realization, he finally cleans himself up and gets back to work.

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As the premiere of a Riggs-less third season of “Lethal Weapon” draws closer, ousted actor Clayne Crawford is recounting his version of the events that led to him being fired from the Fox action drama and replaced by Seann William Scott.

During an interview on the Drinkin’ Bros podcast on Tuesday, Crawford told “my side” of his incidents of bad behavior on set that were captured in footage that leaked after he was fired, including an outburst against an assistant director and an expletive-laced exchange with co-star Damon Wayans about an injury Wayans sustained while Crawford was directing.

“I knew that they had those tapes, and they had been blackmailing me with that… anytime I had a problem with [Damon Wayans],” Crawford said of the argument with the AD, noting he continuously had problems with Wayans (who played Murtaugh opposite his Riggs). Crawford said Wayans refused to do table reads or film inside a church due to his religion.

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“This kind of s— came up all the time and I would go and I would complain,” Crawford said. “But once they had that tape they would say, ‘This will come out and it will ruin your career.’”

Crawford said when the outburst with the AD happened he “had to pay half of my salary for that episode, I had to spend six weeks in anger management every day on my lunch break, and I had to be escorted to and from set by a security guard, so it was humiliating.”

However, the suggestion that he had been screaming at children in a nearby pool on the tape — which started making the rounds after Variety, which first acquired the footage, posted it in June — is a “blatant f—ing lie,” he said.

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“Clearly I’m yelling at the guy whose job it is to get the set quiet,” Crawford said, adding that the show was filming Episode 5 of Season 2 at a park by a cinderblock wall — not a pool. “And here’s the thing: Did I make a poor choice? Absolutely, and I felt embarrassed in the moment because I was belligerent, I was so angry. We’d been shooting a three-page scene for eight hours, OK? We were so behind, and we continued to try and shoot through all of this noise. So we called everyone in production. We stopped production over seven times. I called my agent, we were writing emails, we were phoning everyone we could to try and help us resolve the situation. No one would come in, no one would help us. So I shot all of my coverage in between the sounds.”

Crawford said he “snapped” because a young actor was unable to successfully perform in a scene, in which his character commits suicide, due to noise levels. “When this poor kid is sitting there with a gun to his head and he’s crying and he’s shaking and he’s done it f—ing 100 times… I snapped,” Crawford said.

The actor added he “should have walked away” but says he comes from a “blue collar background” and the “independent film world” where he is used to doing things differently.

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“Hollywood is very sensitive, so I should not have screamed and yelled, because it’s a bunch of delicate flowers there,” Crawford said.

As for the the tape in which he calls Wayans a “p—y,” Crawford said he’d been “putting up with his s— for two years” and “was just over it.”

The actor said the argument happened during an episode Crawford was directing, in which Wayans was hit with shrapnel. Crawford said Wayans called in sick on his first day of shooting and the on-set injury happened the day he returned. After that, Crawford said Wayans refused to do anymore stunts — or hold a gun on set — so Crawford tried to write around that.

“It wasn’t that he was injured, it was that he continued to say everyone targeted him,” Crawford said. “That’s when it made a turn and he started to say that people should be fired.”

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When Wayans returned to set, Crawford said he couldn’t get his co-star to cooperate, and that’s when the exchange occurred, with Crawford suggesting his young son “would have taken that hit better than you,” to Wayans.

“They didn’t share the whole tape. They gave you just a nice little piece,” Crawford said of the footage posted by Variety, adding he told his co-star he could be replaced with Steve Harvey, Keenan Wayans or his own son Damon Wayans Jr. “I had to tell him that he’s a waste of space and that nobody cares.”

But, Crawford said, he “did not know” they had that tape or “expect” it to come out after he was fired. He also said he didn’t actually expect to be fired, nor did he ever get a formal call from studio Warner Bros. telling him he was, saying his final conversation with studio chief Peter Roth came after news first broke of tension on set.

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“He said, ‘Clayne, I can’t promise you that I can save your job, but what I can tell you is that you have to make a public announcement apologizing, publicly, to Damon Wayans,’” Crawford said. “I was like, “What the fu–? Peter, why would I apologize publicly because he and I had a riff on set?’ And he’s like, ‘Clayne, that statement alone tells me that you don’t want to come back.” Crawford said he had the call on speakerphone with his family there. Roth said, according to Crawford, “If I were you, I’d look your children in the eyes, and I’d look your wife in the eyes, and you need to make a decision.’”

Crawford said he was conflicted about apologizing to Wayans publicly, because “he has made life miserable for me on this show” and he believed if he released a statement it would be used as justification if he was terminated.

But he decided to pen the apology because, “they said I mistreated my cast and crew, they knew how important this cast and crew was to me” and “then the next thing I know… I got fired.”

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Crawford added that he doesn’t “hate” Wayans and instead blames the “leadership” on the show.

“I know they are making the show they always wanted to make, and I frustrated them constantly,” Crawford added of the upcoming season, featuring Scott, who is playing Murtaugh’s new partner, war veteran Wesley Cole.

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Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) is too old for this stuff in a new promo for Season 3 of Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” — only he isn’t the one to point it out this time.

Instead, Murtaugh’s new partner Wesley Cole (Seann William Scott), calls him out for being “like 80,” when they both go to try and jump off a truck. It looks like it’s going to take these two some time to sync up as Murtaugh gets used to teaming with someone who isn’t Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford).

“I take this partnership thing very seriously,” Murtaugh tells the newbie in the 20-second teaser, as we see intercuts of Scott’s character kicking some ass.

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When it was first announced in May that Scott would join the cast next season as a new character who will partner with Murtaugh, some fans thought he might be a member of Riggs’ family. Instead, he will be playing Cole, a war veteran.

“Psych” star Maggie Lawson will also be joining the cast, playing emergency room surgeon Natalie Flynn, who is Cole’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child.

According to the character description, the two met in an active war zone years earlier (where Natalie served as a medic) and had a brief romance that resulted in a child. Over a decade later, Cole is once again a regular in Natalie’s ER, and he’s moved to Los Angeles to get closer to both her and their kid.

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“Lethal Weapon” was renewed for another season by Fox this spring, but Crawford’s contract was not. A representative for Warner Bros told TheWrap at the time that the studio had “decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for ‘Lethal Weapon,’” following incidents of bad behavior. And that’s when they brought on Scott.

In June, footage surfaced of Crawford and Wayans exchanging expletives in an argument about an injury Wayans sustained while Crawford was directing. In another incident, Crawford can be heard off-camera losing his temper during a scene because of background noise. Two months before that video leaked, Crawford apologized for his behavior, saying he’d “been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of ‘Lethal Weapon.’”

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“Lethal Weapon” Season 3 almost didn’t happen, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Gary Newman said during the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday.

Newman told reporters the chance the Matt Miller-run action drama wasn’t going to come back for a third season after the Clayne Crawford ousting was “very real.” But then they got Seann William Scott.

“If we could not feel confident that we could bring that show back with a great cast and in a way the audience would accept it, we simply wouldn’t have brought the show back,” Newman said. “And until they came up with Seann, we were planning on a schedule without ‘Lethal Weapon.’ But, again, we’re very excited about the choice of Seann and look forward to ‘Lethal Weapon’ being an important part of our schedule.”

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The Fox chief told reporters the network is excited about the character Scott is about to play, which we recently found out is not a member of the Riggs family. And, no, Newman says they weren’t going to pull a soap opera-like face swap to try and turn Scott into Martin Riggs in Crawford’s absence either.

“When Warner Bros came to us at the end of last season and said they needed to make a change, Matt Miller started developing that character and it was very much informed by the actor he was able to get,” Newman said. “We were incredibly excited about being in business with Seann. We had pursued him before and never successfully landed him. And Matt is a fantastic showrunner, came up with a great character. There was really no thoughts of, you know the plastic surgery, and bringing back the same character. He developed a completely layered character for Seann, which we’re excited to show the audience in September.”

When it was first announced Scott would join the cast next season as a new character who will partner with Roger Murtaugh (Wayans), some fans thought he might be a member of Martin Riggs’ family. Instead, he will be playing the part of Wesley Cole, a war veteran and a father, a person with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

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“Psych” star Maggie Lawson will also be joining the cast, playing emergency room surgeon Natalie Flynn, who is Cole’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child.

According to the character description, the two met in an active war zone years earlier (where Natalie served as a medic) and had a brief romance that resulted in a child. Over a decade later, Cole is once again a regular in Natalie’s ER, and he’s moved to Los Angeles to get closer to both her and their kid.

“Lethal Weapon” was renewed for another season by Fox back in May, but Crawford’s contract was not. A representative for Warner Bros told TheWrap at the time that the studio had “decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for ‘Lethal Weapon,’” following incidents of bad behavior.

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After news of his firing, Crawford wished the rest of the cast and crew good luck on Season 3. “”To my cast and crew – CONGRATULATIONS on season 3!” Crawford wrote on Instagram. “To the Fans – Thank you for the overwhelming support and love. Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full. Good Luck nxt season!!”

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Seann William Scott may be taking Clayne Crawford’s place alongside Damon Wayans at the front of Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” — but he’s not taking his name.

Instead of actually becoming Riggs or a member of the Riggs family — which some fans thought he might — Scott will be playing the part of Wesley Cole, a war veteran and a father, a person with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

Another new addition to the “Lethal Weapon” cast for season 3 is “Psych” star Maggie Lawson, who will be playing Natalie Flynn, an emergency room surgeon who just so happens to be Cole’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child.

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According to the character description, the two met in an active war zone years earlier (where Natalie served as a medic) and had a brief romance that resulted in a child. Over a decade later, Cole is once again a regular in Natalie’s ER — he’s moved to Los Angeles to get closer to both her and their kid.

“Lethal Weapon” was renewed for another season by Fox back in May, but Crawford’s contract was not. A representative for Warner Bros told TheWrap at the time that the studio had “decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for ‘Lethal Weapon,’” following incidents of bad behavior.

Crawford apologized in April, admitting that he had “been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of ‘Lethal Weapon.’”

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“I take great pride in treating everyone in life with dignity and kindness,” he said in his April statement on Instagram. “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.”

After news of his firing, Crawford wished the rest of the cast and crew good luck on Season 3. “”To my cast and crew – CONGRATULATIONS on season 3!” Crawford wrote on Instagram. “To the Fans – Thank you for the overwhelming support and love. Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full. Good Luck nxt season!!”

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