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'Scandal': Columbus Short not returning for season 4

On April 25 broke the news that actor Columbus Short will not be returning for the fourth season of "Scandal," the popular ABC drama about a team of fixers in the D.C. area. The actor, who has been a series regular since the first season, is being written off the series due to complications in his personal life. Short portrays the character of lawyer Harrison Wright, who began working with Olivia Pope after his shortened his jail sentence for insider trading.

Columbus Short
Photo by Valerie Macon

A few weeks ago, an arrest warrant was issued for Short after a fight involving his wife in a restaurant turning violent. Short turned himself in but his wife, Tuere Tanee Short, filed for divorce and was issued a temporary restraining order against the actor after he allegedly threatened to kill her. The couple also have a 2-year-old daughter Ayala, who Tuere is seeking full custody of. The couple have been married since 2005. He also has a daughter from his first marriage which ended in 2003.

The actor released a statement through his publicist expressing his gratitude for working on the critically acclaimed series for three seasons and expressed his appreciation to his cast members for their support. Short, 31, mentioned that it was "time for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas" and described everyone involved in the show as "a second family." Although Short was not killed off on the recent season three finale, it seems his storyline is already wrapped up.

On April 23 Wetpaint Entertainment posted a story about Short's exit, pointing out that the actor seemed to indicate in an interview last month that he was being written off the show. The producers approached him to do a table read with new scenes and Short was surprised by the contents. The move to take Short off the show may have been weeks in the making, but not announced until now.

In the season finale, Harrison finds his most recent associate dead and a target still on his back. The storyline was first started back in season three as a way to explore the characters past, although almost everyone involved in the story has met a fatal end except for him. He does not need to appear in season four to wrap up his characters story.

Before landing the role of Harrison, Short was a well known choreographer and dancer who worked with pop singer Britney Spears. He also collaborated on the television competitive dance show "So You Think You Can Dance" and later appeared in films such as "Stomp the Yard" and "Cadillac Records."

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