It’s been a strange few years for Columbus Short; his personal problems have coincided with key role in a hit political drama alongside Kerry Washington, which has seen his popularity and fame rise at a remarkable rate. His time on ‘Scandal’, though, has come to an end, according to a statement released by the actor yesterday (Friday, April 25.)

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"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 in television today. I would like to first thank ['Scandal' creator] 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,” read the statement. 

“I have enjoyed every single minute of it. Everything must come to an end and unfortunately the time has come for [Short's character] 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,” he adds. 

Insiders claim, according to The Daily Mail, that the actor was fired by the network due to domestic violence allegations lodged by his wife Tuere Tanee McCall, who was granted a restraining order against Short following accusations that he tried to kill her. She has since filed for divorce.

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The fate of Short’s character, lawyer Harrison Weight is also unknown, as season three’s finale was left up in the air in air. He was last seen at B613 with a gun to his head.  “You know I can’t tell you whether or not he’s dead,” Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes told Jimmy Kimmel after the finale.