If you ask Clayne Crawford why he got fired from Lethal Weapon: The TV Show, he’ll tell you he’s just a humble good old boy from Alabama who tried to to do his best in the glitzy world of Hollyweird but the game was rigged against him. Now that the dust has settled on his abrupt firing, public fight with co-star Damon Wayans, leaked hissy fits, and eventual replacement by Seann William Scott, Clayne has taken to the airwaves to tell his side of the story. Clayne recently appeared on a podcast called Drinkin’ Bros (a real choice considering) and cried country fried tears into his beer about being blackmailed by the audiotapes of his being abusive on set, and how he thought he couldn’t get fired because he was playing Riggs and what’s LW without Riggs?! (Hint: It’s a stupid fucking TV show based on a 30- year-old movie, nobody cares).
According to E! News, Clayne says was blindsided by the first run of bad press that came out so he called McG, who directed the pilot, and said “I was like, ‘What the fuck is this? This is obviously [Damon Wayans] putting this shit out here”. Clayne escalated his complaint and called the head of Warner Brothers, who told him to publicly apologize to Damon if he wanted to come back to work for season 3.
Clayne says he looked at his family and decided he could not do it. I guess the family motto is Crawfords May Cuss But They Don’t Kowtow. Clayne went on to say that part of his rage stems from Damon’s unfair treatment of him on set. He said that if he ever went to complain, Damon would remind him of the tapes. Clayne said “he was being blackmailed with them for months anytime he had a problem with costar Damon Wayans”.
As an example, Clayne says that because Damon is a Jehovah’s Witness, he once fucked up the shooting schedule because they were supposed to film in a church and Damon refused to enter it on religious grounds, or because he’s a secret vampire.
Of course the tapes did eventually come out and Clayne was asked to never, ever do his Mel Gibson impersonation again. Clayne was very surprised though, and says he thought they wouldn’t dare fire him because he was playing Mel Gibson.
“It’s a little different when you replace Becky [on Roseanne] or the mom off of Fresh Prince. Like it’s a little—like if they’d replaced the Fresh Prince, we’d have been like, ‘What the fuck are we watching anymore? That’s why I just didn’t think it was possible”
Yeah, but turns out you can replace Roseanne so… not a great example Clayne! He said that he would have appreciated a phone call at least and somebody telling him honestly, you’re fired now “go the fuck back to Alabama you dumb hick, thanks for playing“. Which they kind of did, only replace “dumb hick” with “unprofessional rage-a-holic“. I don’t know who’s still watching this show, but go on it must. Here’s Seann not doing a Mel Gibson impersonation.