Columbus Short Exits 'Scandal' After 3 Seasons
Friday, April 25, 2014
The fourth season of Scandal
will have one less Gladiator. Columbus Short, who has played Harrison
Wright since the show began, has left the show amid personal
Short released a statement on Friday announcing his decision to leave the show.
"At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I've called home for three years, with what is the most talented ensemble on television today." He also thanked the show, its creator Shonda Rhimes, ABC and the fans. Here is the rest of his official statement:
"I would like to first thank Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast. Thank you Gladiators, who have supported me throughout my entire career and of course to ABC and Shondaland for allowing me to play such a pivotal role in the Scandal series. I have enjoyed every single minute of it. Everything must come to an end, and unfortunately the time has come for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas. I wish nothing but the best for Shonda, Kerry and the rest of the cast, who have become like a second family to me in such a short amount of time. For this, I will forever be grateful."
Short's exit isn't much of a surprise given how Scandal ended its third season and his real-life problems in recent months. In the Scandal season 3 finale, Harrison learned that Olivia's father was responsible for killing the president's son. When Harrison confronted him, Papa Pope had his top henchman, Tom, point a gun at him. The cliffhanger certainly made it seem as though Harrison was a dead man.
The actor has also had a growing list of legal troubles in his real life. In March he allegedly attacked a man at a restaurant and could face serious jail time. His wife also issued a restraining order and filed for divorce following domestic abuse claims.
How do you feel about Harrison leaving OPA? Scandal will return for its fourth season in the fall on ABC.
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