Columbus Short Exits ABC’s ‘Scandal’

by | April 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching

Columbus Short (Photo: Valerie Macon/ Getty Images)

The event that many gladiators feared has apparently happened.

Actor Columbus Short, who portrays Harrison Wright, the fixer who is Olivia Pope’s right-hand on the ABC hit “Scandal,” has left the show, according to Essence.com.

“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,” he wrote in a statement to the lifestyle website aimed at black women. He also thanked “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity and the show’s dedicated fanbase.

“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,” he continued, also thanking Kerry Washington, who plays Pope.

Short’s exit comes amid recent troubling reports about the 31-year-old actor.  Last week, his wife, Tanee McCall-Short, filed for divorce and got a restraining order against him after he reportedly came home drunk and threatened her life. A few weeks prior, he was arrested and charged with assault after sucker-punching a man who made unsavory remarks about his wife.

Scandal’s third season finale, which aired last week, concluded with a gun pointed at Short’s character’s head, his fate unknown. It appears to have been decided.

Though a rating’s goldmine, “Scandal” hasn’t been renewed for a fourth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Catch up on past episodes here or watch the “Scandal” season finale below.