Official: Columbus Short Axed From ‘Scandal’

Published: Friday 25th Apr 2014 by Sam

After weeks of speculation, it has today been confirmed: Columbus Short will not be returning to ‘Scandal’.

The talented actor, who has been with the show since its debut in 2012, has been the subject of intense media scrutiny following allegations surrounding his private life. And, unfortunately, it appears this brand of drama isn’t the sort the show wants to be associated with.

Following a climatic cliff-hanger on the season 3 finale, fans had been left wondering what the fate of Short’s character Harrison would be. Now, the question has been answered courtesy of his publicist.

Details below…

Issued to The Hollywood Reporter, the statement read:

“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 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 [Washington] 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.”

How unfortunate. A main cast role on a major show…squandered. Perhaps it’ll serve as a warning of sorts for others.

In any case, here’s hoping Columbus and his family find the peace so clearly needed.

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  1. sometimes you have to learn the hard way April 25, 2014

    one of the biggest mistakes he could have ever made

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  2. sometimes you have to learn the hard way April 25, 2014

    you was getting white money..why..why

    • Countess LuAnn DeLeSlay April 25, 2014

      Ignorant fool! “White money”? You know how dumb you sound when the writer of Scandal is a BLACK money.
      If good money is white, bad money is black right?

    • lala April 26, 2014

      What is white money?! Never heard that one before…

      • rihsus April 27, 2014

        ABC and Disney owned is white money.

  3. BarbBey April 25, 2014

    I’m not even dealing right now.

  4. Lalopez April 25, 2014

    So who is going to play Harrison now?

    • Craig April 26, 2014

      Harrison is DEAD

  5. YorkshireBarb April 25, 2014

    This is terrible, but holding a knife to your wife’s body as if she is a Christmas turkey is not on.

    • CholaYonce April 25, 2014

      I heard his wife was cheating on him with his best friend Gustavo, and they used to meet at Taco Bell when he was shooting Scandal.

      • Naomi’sHairFlip April 25, 2014

        Omg really? But that’s still no excuse to be violent. Was he mad that they were having the affair or that they used to pow wow at Taco Bell cos I hate there too.
        One time I went there after school and let’s just say that I was shitting for weeks. S*** here, s*** there, s*** f****** everywhere.

      • BHIC_MamaPope April 26, 2014

        *death* @CholaYonce Meeting at Taco Bell

        Chile please, you ain’t gots to lie craig, YOU AIN”T GOTS TO LIE.

        @Naomi’sHairFlip gurl deres sum things you don’t need to share .. nastyass

  6. RoyalRiri April 25, 2014

    Oh no! But maybe Beyonce can take his part since she is shaped like a black man.

    • King_rico April 25, 2014

      Mad cuhz ur a man wishing to be a woman???
      Fucken f*** s*** the f*** up

      • Lana Del Slay April 25, 2014

        What kind of illiteracy? Each one teach one boo boo.

    • Haha April 26, 2014

      The only one shaped like a man is Rihanna. No titties no ass and straight hips. Beyonce has a beautiful hour glass figure she is the epitome of womanly.

  7. danna dane April 25, 2014

    Just so we are clear, the man has serious self control issue. The most recent issue was not his first domestic violence offense and recently he was in a bar room brawl.

    You can feel bad for him, but you should really feel bad for his wife and mother of his child who he was threatening to kill.

  8. PaulAllahSlaydul April 25, 2014

    He plays a nice character but he’s a horrible person in real life. If you’re wife has been cheating on you LEAVE her and KEEP your dignity. Now look, not only have you ruined your family you’ve lost a good job.

  9. Stephy April 25, 2014

    Good! Now, if only they would cancel the ENTIRE show!

    • SlayliviaPope April 25, 2014

      I rebuke you.

  10. NANCY GRACE SLAY’S April 25, 2014

    oh…his career is f*****! point, blank & the period!!!!!!
    all those fancy cars, bad homes & expensive living, he can cash that in for the coins hes going to need, to make it for the rest of his life!!
    his local mcdonalds is hiring!!!

    • lala April 26, 2014

      U sound like an old broke miserable b****! Praying for someone else’s downfall isn’t going to get you out of the projects. Sitting back with your feet propped up collecting welfare, looking a hot ass mess in that pic doesn’t qualify you to judge anyone’s life. _/

  11. TrellBeyLike April 25, 2014

    I seen it coming, I didnt want to believe it. Damn Harrison my favorite gladiator in a suit gone. I hope they dont officially kill him off it would be cliché. Prue from charmed, Warrick from CSI, Kenny from Southpark lol #BumbleBey

  12. Navy Nick April 25, 2014

    He did it to himself, as sad as it is, he can only blame himself… sucks, love the dude, damn, BUT O WELL! the show will go on!!!

  13. xedos April 26, 2014

    Every black man who work for Chandra Rimes end up getting fired

    • BrownSugar April 26, 2014


  14. BrownSugar April 26, 2014

    Columbus’ personal life was not a reason or justification to fire him from the show. His personal life did not have any negative effect on the show or it’s ratings. Shonda has a serious problem with Black men. That’s evident not only on Scandal but on Greys anatomy as well.

    If you’ve watched Scandal since day one like I have, Shonda has slowly but surely removed all prominent Black men from the show. First it was Senator Davis, then Eli Pope (who will soon exit) and now Harrison! Where have all the Strong the Black men gone? Olivia is looking more pitiful and slutty everyday being used by powerful white men despite what they did to her father.

    I could go on but Shonda continues to be a huge disappointed.

  15. Tisha April 26, 2014

    Lessons learned the hard way, he should have given up that foolishness and acted like he cared about his reputation and career. Shonda has never been one to play games, act a fool and she’ll kick you off her show quick – white or black.

    I wish more people in Hollywood had morality and backbone like her.

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