Columbus Short not returning for Season 4 of 'Scandal'

Columbus Short to leave "Scandal" after series of legal troubles this year.
By Danielle Haynes  |  April 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- Actor Columbus Short announced he won't return for Season 4 of ABC drama Scandal.

Short released a statement announcing the move to Entertainment Weekly, but didn't offer an explanation.

“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. 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," he wrote.

The season finale of Scandal aired last week and Short's character's fate was left in doubt. The character, Harrison, was held at gunpoint in the final minutes of the television episode.

Short has had a number a legal problems in recent months, first after reportedly "sucker punching" a man in a Los Angeles bar fight in March.

His wife, Tanee Short, also filed a restraining order against the actor after he allegedly threatened to kill her and himself earlier in April. She filed for divorce and full custody of their 2-year-old daughter.

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