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Columbus Short announces leave from hit show 'Scandal'

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Columbus Short arrives at the Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822's 7th Annual Pre-Oscar Hollywood Domino Gala & Tournament at Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
Photo by Valerie Macon

According to Deadline Hollywood, actor Columbus Short has announced that he is leaving the ABC drama "Scandal" after three seasons. Some news outlets are speculating that Short's exit is related to the negative publicity brought on by his recent arrest, criminal charges, marital issues and subsequent restraining order filed by his wife Tanee McCall-Short.

Short released the following statement Friday evening through his publicist:

"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.”

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