Well, it’s official. Columbus Short won’t be returning to Scandal when the show returns next season.
On the record-breaking season finale, Short’s character Harrison was abducted at gunpoint and his future was left up in the air. But now we can assume that—barring an awkward soap opera actor change—he didn’t make it out alive.
While rumors have swirled about Short’s future with the show, he confirmed today that his Scandal tenure has some to an end.
“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,” he said in a statement.
“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 had a string of violent incidents lately that culminated in last week’s news that his wife had filed a restraining order against him after he threatened to kill them both.
Back in March, a source close to Rhimes said Short would be dismissed from the show if he couldn’t get his act together, and after a tumultuous few weeks, it appears Rhimes followed through on her threat.