Columbus Short quits ‘Scandal’ or was he forced out?

columbusColumbus Short’s drama in his personal life has been well-documented these past few months. So much so, it’s pretty much sealed his fate in his professional life. Short plays Harrison on ABC’s Scandal and was the character that coined the term “Gladiators” for the show’s fans.

But his personal life, in which he’s being accused of spousal abuse and assaulting a dude in a bar (among other allegations), is proving too much to overcome, so he quit the show and announced it in a press release.

“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 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.”

In the season finale of the show, it appears that Short’s character Harrison was about to be killed, so we can assume that’s what will be written in. According to TMZ, the ABC execs felt like the scandal on Scandal is the only scandal they want to deal with and gave Short the axe. The same thing happened with Isaiah Washington on Grey’s Anatomy, another Shonda Rhimes program, so we wouldn’t doubt that it’s the case here too. What do you think?

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Quibian Salazar-Moreno is co-founder of The Hollywood Shuffle. He's an experienced entertainment journalist based in Los Angeles, by way of Denver, Colorado.