Columbus Short Won’t Return To Scandal

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When season 4 of ABC’s Scandal returns in the fall, Olivia Pope and Associates will be one gladiator short. Columbus Short.

We never completely learned Harrison’s back story, but now we know this. We will never know.

Actor Columbus Short released a statement confirming rumors that he will not be returning to Scandal. 

“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 [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. 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 3 finale, which aired last week to record ratings, Harrison’s future was left unknown, as reinstated B613 head Rowan (Joe Morton) and his Secret Service henchman held him at gunpoint in the final minutes.

Short, has been dealing with his own scandals lately. His wife filed for divorce and a judge signed a restraining order against him after he allegedly threatened to kill her and himself. To make matters worse, the actor came under fire for a bizarre interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show during which he used the n-word. Short issued a statement apologizing.

I for one will miss my Thursday night chocolate eye candy (Jake has vanilla covered), Harrison’s earnest displays of loyalty, and the picnic shirts. I also regret that Shonda didn’t give him more love scenes. Ahhh well… a girl can only dream.

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