Speaking with the website Eurweb.com, Wayans made a surprise “announcement,” saying that after December, he will not be returning to his role as LAPD detective Roger Murtagh. “I really don’t know what they’re planning, but that’s what I’m planning,” Wayans said.
It’s the latest development in a tumultuous behind-the-scenes history for the Fox series, which saw the departure of its original Riggs, Clayne Crawford after the end of Season 2. Warner Brothers fired Crawford after reports of the actor’s on-set behavior became public. In the wake of Crawford’s exit, Seann William Scott was hired to fill the buddy-comedy half of the show’s central pair.
Even as the show was renewed for the season, currently airing on Fox, Wayans was still vocal about his relationship with Warner Bros. management, who had taken disciplinary action against him for his own on-set behavior. Wayans also shared footage from an on-set accident, citing a dangerous working atmosphere during some of the show’s action sequences.
Citing his health and recent family health issues, Wayans said in the Eurweb video, “I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”
Fox declined to comment Wednesday on Wayans’ assertions.