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. The fate of Lethal Weapon was hanging in the balance after it was reported that Crawford, who portrayed Martin Riggs on the first two season of the series, had displayed erratic and unsafe behavior. The actor also posted a photo of an on-set injury he allegedly suffered during an episode Crawford directed; following an explosion, Wayans took a piece of shrapnel to the back of his head. In the caption, he asked, "How does the shrapnel from this hit me on the opposite side of the head?"
Wayans went on to claim that Crawford went around set making women cry and just generally making work miserable for the rest of the cast and crew. He called his co-star "uninsurable".
According to online reports, including one in The Hollywood Reporter, Crawford was nixed from the series earlier this month after his angry outbursts made others uncomfortable on the set. That, combined with other complaints about Crawford's behavior, ultimately led to his termination, which left the future of the series in jeopardy.
Crawford's Martin Riggs character will be written out, and Scott will play a new character with co-star Damon Wayans.
After Warner Bros. confirmed Crawford wouldn't be returning to Lethal Weapon, the actor headed to social media to address his departure: "To my cast and crew - CONGRATULATIONS on season 3!" The actor also punched someone in the mouth with a bottle, Wayans added. The actor used hashtags such as #notanaccident, #noapology, and #knowyourfacts to send a clear message that he would not stand for fans supporting Crawford. Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever.
In April, Deadline reported that Crawford had a "history of bad behavior on the show, and that he has been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment". In another tweet, he wrote, "Put up with this two seasons". My heart is full. Before he was sacked, Clayne also directed some episodes of the FOX drama, and Damon claims he "Relished in making females cry. Good Luck next season!" The primary reprimand was as a result of I reacted with anger over working circumstances that didn't really feel protected or conducive to good work underneath the management of a visitor director and assistant director who, in flip, have been indignant at my response. "And struck fear in cast and crew #dontblameme". I met with Human Sources, I apologized individually of the battle, and I accomplished studio-appointed remedy.