Following reports that he'd created a hostile work environment on the set of Fox's Lethal Weapon, after which he issued an apology for jeopardizing the future of the series, Clayne Crawford has officially been replaced for the show's third season, and fans are not happy about the decision.
Sure, it means that the show has survived the veritable slaughter session that has seen many other fan favorites get the ax instead of renewal, but with Seann William Scott coming in to replace the actor, some Lethal Weapon fans just don't see the point of the series proceeding without Crawford.
Shortly after the news was revealed, social media exploded with tuts and hisses from viewers who are still totally Team Clayne. For these fans, there simply is no show without Crawford to star as the loose cannon Martin Riggs — a character which was originated by Mel Gibson in the four-part film series of the '80s and '90s.
Well they've renewed Lethal Weapon but Clayne is gone. No more Riggs. Seann William Scott is coming in as a new character to partner Murtagh. I'm going to go with an early prediction that they shouldn't of bothered renewing Lethal Weapon because that's never going to work.— Jelly Fletcher (@JellyWTBelly) May 13, 2018
No offense to Sean William Scott but Clayne Crawford is Martin Riggs, Lethal Weapon officially ends at season 2 for me.— Sean Eveleigh (@toonarmysean) May 13, 2018
@ClayneCrawford Millions of fans will not be watching Lethal Weapon now that you won't be on there. I'm praying you get a job WAY better than that one and FAST! You are a diamond and someone has to grab you up quick! This will end up being a blessing in disguise! Just wait!— Robin MacAhan (@RMacahan) May 13, 2018
Of course, there are also some people who seem more bothered by this near-universal audience reaction than the news itself, considering the potential gravity of the claims made against the actor.
All the #ClayneCrawford fan girls getting all worked up over his firing is a little troubling to me. Don't get me wrong I'm a huge fan of the #LethalWeapon show as it is but I support the crew being treated fairly and Clayne was clearly not treating his crew fair so he had to go.— Hayes (@Davie06) May 13, 2018
For his part, Crawford says he's grateful to have played the "dream role" of Riggs and wishes the continuing cast and crew the best of luck on the third season.
Prior to the official firing on Sunday, Crawford had spent the last few days re-posting and responding to those who've spoken out to show support for the embattled actor.
Buddy, the pleasure was all mine, look forward to working with you again soon. https://t.co/72HGo39kw3— Clayne Crawford (@ClayneCrawford) May 13, 2018
Thank you brother! https://t.co/jtC0jgON7i— Clayne Crawford (@ClayneCrawford) May 13, 2018
Love you buddy......"dad" https://t.co/CquZNXbVnI— Clayne Crawford (@ClayneCrawford) May 12, 2018
Lethal Weapon will return for Season 3 on Fox next season. The first two seasons are available to stream on Hulu.