Exclusive: Columbus Short Fired From “Scandal”

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Sad news for Harrison fans this afternoon. We just received an exclusive statement from Columbus Short’s publicist announcing that the actor has been fired from “Scandal.”

It’s with sadness that I must release this official statement as Columbus Short’s publicist:

“At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I’ve called home for 3 years, with what is the most talented ensemble on television today. 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.”

Given the tumultuous few weeks Short has had, this news is likely not a surprise for many. The 31-year-old star is currently in the midst of a bitter divorce from his wife and facing nasty allegations of domestic abuse. That news came on the heels of a violent altercation the actor had with a man at a bar just weeks before, which, put together, one can assume became to much mess for ABC to deal with. Since the season 3 finale of “Scandal” ended with a cliffhanger we’re hoping that if Short gets his act together there’ll be some redemption for him like there was Isaiah Washington on “Grey’s Anatomy,” but for now it looks like we’ll be waving bye bye to one of our favorite TV characters.

Are you surprised by the news?

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