The fate of Columbus Short’s “Scandal” character Harrison was left hanging in the balance as the newly reinstated B613 boss Rowan (Joe Morton) held him at gunpoint in the final minutes of the season-three finale.
Though “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes recently told Jimmy Kimmel that she couldn’t say whether Harrison was dead or alive, Short has now confirmed he will not return for season four of the popular ABC drama.
“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,” Short said in a statement. “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.”
Short has seen his own share of scandals in his personal life. He was arrested in March following an incident at a West L.A. restaurant in which he allegedly punched a man and faces four years in state prison if convicted.
His wife Tuere Short also filed a restraining order against him, claiming he threatened her life during a domestic dispute at their home in Chatsworth, Calif. She has since filed for divorce and is seeking sole custody of their 2-year-old daughter. Short has pleaded not guilty to the charge of misdemeanor spousal battery.
The actor is the second “Scandal” cast member to exit the series between seasons. “Lost” alum Henry Ian Cusick left the show after the first season.
Entertainment Weekly first reported the news.