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Although the finale of Scandal left viewers unsure of Harrison’s fate, news of Columbus Short leaving the wildly popular political drama has sealed the deal. He will NOT be returning for season 4 of Scandal.

Short confirmed his leaving by releasing a statement:

“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,” Short says in his statement. “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.”

It’s not an overly surprising announcement, since Short has found himself in lots of legal trouble lately. Perhaps they left Harrison’s future vague because of Columbus’s off-screen scandals?