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Lethal Weapon, the highest rated of Fox's Warner Bros TV drama series, went from being a sure thing for renewal to being in limbo because of all the problems with Crawford behind the scenes.

News of Crawford's firing was announced on Wednesday, and followed reports that the 40-year-old actor had been disciplined for unspecified bad behaviour, including "emotional abuse" and "creating a hostile environment".

Fox's Lethal Weapon has pulled the trigger on hiring a new co-lead, tapping American Pie's Seann William Scott to replace fired star Clayne Crawford, TVLine has learned.

Television added that the studio had "decided not to renew Clayne Crawford's contract for 'Lethal Weapon, '" following incidents of bad behavior on the Fox action drama's set, for which he apologized.

"Seann is a fantastic addition to this already awesome cast", said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn in the announcement. "'Lethal Weapon' is packed with action, drama and pure fun and we can't wait to see Damon and Seann together on screen".

Fan reaction was varied with one saying they would stop watching if Clayne Crawford was sacked. Producers were left to scramble to find a new actor to replace Crawford in the two-hander, with multiple stars passing on offers to join the Fox show until Scott engaged.

Stifler's about to get a "Lethal Weapon".

A spokesperson for Warner Bros.

Crawford did issue an apology to the cast and crew via Instagram, but it was too late.

"I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on set or feel less than celebrated for their efforts".

The actor spoke out on social media.

Lethal Weapon was on the bubble for renewal already when the controversy surrounding Crawford broke, which seemed to further jeopardize its chances of coming back. Based on the film series starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon is averaging more than 8 million viewers on multi-platform viewing. "Dang", he posted on Instagram alongside a photo of himself with an amusing shrug.