Columbus Short’s character, Harrison Wright, was last seen with a gun to his head in the Scandal Season 3 finale, and BuzzFeed has confirmed the actor will not be returning next season. The news was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.
“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,” Short wrote in a statement.
“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.”
Following a tumultuous few weeks for the actor — where he was accused of threatening his wife, Tanee Short, allegedly saying he would kill her and himself — multiple sources told BuzzFeed that Short’s option to return was not picked up by ABC.