According to published reports, ‘Scandal’ star Columbus Short will not return for the hit TV series’ fourth season. Short’s character, Harrison, has been on the show since season 1.
Short’s career was sidelined by recent domestic squabbles with his wife, Tuere Short, who filed for a divorce.
Teure accused Short of holding a knife to her throat during a domestic spat on April 7. She also alleged he poured wine on her and threatened to hit her with the wine bottle. Last week she obtained a temporary restraining order, and a judge ordered Short to collect his things and move out of the couple’s residence.
Short released this statement via his publicist today:
“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.”