Columbus Short Leaving “Scandal”

Credit: Mstars News

Credit: Mstars News

This is one situation that even Olivia Pope can’t fix. Columbus Short, known for playing Harrison Wright on ABC’s hit show Scandal, will not be returning for the fourth season.  This news comes amid Short’s own divorce scandal. Read on to find out how the season three finale ended and what it has to do with his departure.  Also, if you’re not watching Scandal, please, please binge-watch it on Netflix. It will change your life.

Major spoiler alert ahead!  Do not read if you have not seen the Scandal season three finale!

Hello again.  If you’re cool with spoilers, here’s one: HARRISON IS DEAD.  Well, probably.  In the last few minutes of the season three finale, we saw Harrison held at gunpoint by Rowan Pope (the new reinstated head of B613) and his Secret Service minion.  His fate is unknown at the moment, but let’s be real, no one defeats Rowan Pope.  Even crazy Mama Pope ended up in his tight grasp.  We’ve seen what B613 does.  I seriously doubt–especially with this announcement of Short’s exit–that Harrison makes it out alive.

News broke that Short would not be coming back to the show.  This is his statement that his publicist released:

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 [creator] 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.”

A few weeks ago, Short was charged with battery and his wife, Tuere, filed for divorce.  Believing she was cheating, he reportedly attacked her and threatened to pull a murder-suicide.  TMZ reports that he threatened to hit her with a bottle of wine and then poured it all over her, choked her, and then grabbed a knife for a game he called “Truth or Truth.”  He threatened to stab her in the leg if she lied.

Source:  Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Life

Well, Gladiator, we’ll miss you.  Please get some help.  Get your life together.

What do you think about this?!  Will you miss seeing Harrison at OPA or are you over him?

– xo, A

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