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Columbus Short fired: 'Scandal' star fired from show following abuse scandal

Columbus Short fired from ABC's "Scandal."
Columbus Short fired from ABC's "Scandal."
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Actor Columbus Short was fired from "Scandal" after his own scandalous headlines reached fever pitch. Columbus is in the middle of an ugly divorce from his wife, Tuere Tanee Short. She alleges that last week while drunk, he threatened to kill her and himself. Last month he was arrested for getting into a bar fight.

People reports April 25 that Tuere was granted a temporary restraining order, court records show. Short's wife is also fighting for full legal custody of their two-year-old daughter, Ayala.

A report by RadarOnline published a statement Columbus Short gave to The Hollywood Reporter:

“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 on television today. I would like to first thank Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast."

He went on to thank ABC for allowing him "to play such a pivotal role in the Scandal series." He added that "the time has come for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas."

Columbus wished his former co-stars of "Scandal" the best after he was fired. The 31-year-old actor will be missed by many fans of the show. How his storyline will be written off the show is currently unknown.

RadarOnline revealed that Tuere claimed Columbus pinned her on the couch and put a knife to her neck, threatening to kill the both of them. He wanted to play a game called "Truth or Truth" and told her if she lied, he would stab her in the leg. All of this allegedly took place on April 7.

The constant turmoil ended up getting Columbus Short fired from "Scandal." Obviously ABC doesn't want to risk having a ticking time bomb on their prime time roster.