Columbus Short Exits ABC’s ‘Scandal’

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Columbus Short is leaving Scandal ahead of the hit ABC drama’s fourth season, the actor announced today.

Short has played the part of Harrison Wright on the Shonda Rhimes created drama since the show’s first season in 2012. His departure comes after the actor was recently arrested on felony assault charges, for which he faces up to four years in a state penitentiary if convicted. The announcement from Short (in full, below) also throws into doubt how or if the series will wrap Harrison Wright’s storyline, with the character facing death at the hands of B613 in the season three finale. Scandal has yet to be renewed for a fourth season at ABC, but such a pick up is considered a mere formality as it is the networks highest rated drama.

Columbus Short issued the following statement today announcing his departure: “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.”