Shortly after the news was revealed, social media exploded with tuts and hisses from viewers who are still totally Team Clayne.
In the third season of the action drama, based on the Mel Gibson-Danny Glover movie franchise about a rogue cop and his straitlaced partner, Scott will play a new character who joins forces with Wayans' Roger Murtaugh, as Crawford's Martin Riggs is written out.
Clayne had been disciplined twice for poor behaviour, both incidences saw him reacting with anger to situations which led to him seeking therapy and, on one occasion, donate a portion of his pay packet to the other party.
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The news comes days after Crawford was sacked from the Fox drama following bad behavior on set. It's no masterpiece, but the chemistry between Crawford and Damon Wayans is infectious. Crawford addressed the complaints in a lengthy Tweet, but Fox and Warner Bros TV were already on the hunt for a replacement. Indeed, FOX announced today that Lethal Weapon Season 3 is happening, but Crawford will no longer be part of the show. They knew they would have to scramble to replace him with another actor or shuttle the show. But following his two counts of misbehaviour he has now been officially replaced, and the newbie will be American Pie actor Seann William Scott. After negotiations wrapped up, he met with Damon Wayans; the casting choice was then sealed. The problem is threatening the future of the show, with a recasting - a rare and dramatic move when involving a lead of an established series - being explored. Kevin Can Wait went from being a top-rated show in the first season to cancellation after the second season.
Fox has made a decision to bring back Lethal Weapon, but not its star. According to the reviews, Riggs was shot in the chest during the closing moments of the episode leaving his fate uncertain.
Crawford was dismissed from the series after a repeated showing of what execs and producers characterized as "repeated instances of emotional abuse of cast and crew members", that dated back several months.