Hell hath no fury like a fanbase scorned! Fans of Fox's Lethal Weapon were predictably unhappy Tuesday when the the series returned for Season 3 and revealed exactly how star Clayne Crawford was written out in the wake of his firing earlier this year.
He wasn't written out offscreen and unfortunately didn't move back to Texas to live happily ever after with his mustache and incredible hair. No, Crawford's character Martin Riggs died in surgery. To be fair, this was always the most obvious outcome. Riggs was shot in the Season 2 finale — dying was the easiest option. So even though Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) rushed his partner's unconscious body to the emergency room, he didn't make it.
Some fans naturally thought this was bullshit.
Just yelling f-bombs at the TV because nope, still not over it. You can write out an actor without killing the character, damn it. #LethalWeapon— Gwendolen Crane (@GwendolenCrane) September 26, 2018
So they hated the actor who played Riggs so much that they didn't give his character a way to even make a cameo one day. #LethalWeapon— Rich Conte (@RichWC_) September 26, 2018
#LethalWeapon You don't kill off Martin Riggs and get away with it. Shouldn't have ever named this show Lethal Weapon.— Vaughn Fry (@VaughnFry) September 26, 2018
Others thought it was hella uncool and not the show they signed up for.
Me looking at what they did to Lethal Weapon: pic.twitter.com/zikHF7XZkU— Lou Ferrigno's Muscles (@ASolitudinarian) September 26, 2018
Worst premiere I've seen shitty way to kill off the franchise character. This is not lethal weapon anymore. Not for the fans. Now it's just the Damon Wayans show.— Clint Edward Girodat (@ClintGirodat) September 26, 2018
The most staunch supporters of Crawford, who recently revealed his side of what went down before his firing, have decided to use the Season 3 premiere, which introduced Seann William Scott's detective William Cole as Murtaugh's new parter, to take a stance. They are never, ever, ever watching Lethal Weapon ever again.
@ClayneCrawford OK going to watch Lethal weapon without the lethal weapon LOL jJUST to see Riggs demise THEN I WILL NEVER WATCH AGAIN FUCK WAYANS WHO SABOTAGED YOU! Yes you were sabotaged by the Man Diva! I hope you get a new gig soon GET BUSY! TAKE CARE.— Suzanne T Stephan (@Suzie14809) September 26, 2018
Sorry #LethalWeapon I won't be watching this show anymore! This show is nothing without Martin Riggs! 👎👎😝😝— Tanya (@tlselle72) September 26, 2018
Lethal Weapon airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Fox.