Mommy Mash-Up: Columbus Short Orders a Tall Order of Scandal

April 27, 2014  |  

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past 48 hours, you’ve already heard that Columbus Short, who’s probably best known for his character Harrison from ABC’s mega-hit show Scandal, has announced his departure from the popular series.

After a set of awkward incidents, such as this Tom Joyner Morning Show interview, where he sounded a bit “off” and called Tom a “n” word, and his wife Tanee McCall’s third divorce filing and filing for a restraining order against the actor after he allegedly choked her, Short won’t return for season four of the show.

Tom: I played your song earlier. It’s a nice song.

Columbus: Thank you, I appreciate that.

Tom: Did you always plan to release a song? Was that in the plan?

Columbus: No, that wasn’t in the plan.

Tom: When were you originally going to release this song?

Columbus: When it was ready.

Tom: And when was that?

Columbus: Right now.

Tom: How does your wife feel about the song?

Columbus: Uh, I don’t care. How about I don’t care.

In an official statement the 31-year-old says, “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 continues, “I wish nothing but the best for Shonda [Rhymes], Kerry [Washington] and the rest of the cast, who have become like a second family to me in such a short amount of time.”

We’re left to assume the father will focus on his real-life family, who in recent months have experienced an up and down range of emotions from the Gladiator, and legal issues stemming from his emotional outbursts.

Short’s wife, McCall, reported a number of domestic violence allegations against the star in recent months, in many cases, resulting in the star’s arrest. Since these events, McCall has filed for divorce from her husband of almost nine years, and was granted a restraining order protecting her and the couple’s two-year-old daughter from the troubled actor.

If convicted of the accused crimes, Short faces up to four years in state prison.

With Scandal returning in the fall, Gladiator fans can rest assured that its genius creator, Shonda Rhymes, will fix this snafu better than Olivia Pope herself!

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