While fans may be up in arms over Clayne Crawford being fired from Lethal Weapon, there were some big issues behind the scenes that forced it to happen.
Fox boss Dana Walden addressed reporters ahead of the network's upfront presentation and opened up about the decision to swap out Crawford for Seann William Scott.
"It was not our choice," Walden admitted, before saying that Warner Bros. TV were the ones who made the decision.
"Our partners at Warner Bros. came to us three weeks ago that they could not deliver Lethal Weapon as we had known it before," she explained. "There were some real challenges in the cast."
Walden went on to explain that the studio did not want to fire Crawford, but it was something they "thought long and hard" about.
Meanwhile, Dana spoke about Seann being drafted in to replace Clayne.
"We thought about it a lot, and we talked about a lot of different names, and when they came back with Seann and a fantastic showrunner and a great cast and a storytelling engine that works and a fanbase that's very passionate about the show," Walden said.
"I think we made the right choice."
The good news is that it sounds like Fox is going to be promoting the new season like crazy.
“We are prepared to support [Lethal Weapon] from a marketing point of view, to educate viewers about [what is] a new dynamic, but a good one. A lot of the show that people love is still intact.”
Will Lethal Weapon be able to continue without Clayne Crawford, or will it be canceled after Season 3? Time will tell.
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