Columbus Short Talks Being Fired from ‘Scandal’ + Bad Temper

Photo Credit: ABC
Photo Credit: ABC

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Actor Columbus Short’s personal life caused him to lose his role on “Scandal.” He recently opened up about losing the role during an interview with V-103 and he claims ABC tried to refrain from letting him go but felt it would be best to fire him since the bad press wouldn’t let up:

“There was a lot of personal stuff going on in the house. The games that were played, and my personal life, ended up being costly and it’s unfortunate. These allegations of me being an abuser? I’ve never put my hands on a woman in my entire life.

“So it was hard to just sit back and be quiet, but what do you say? It’s like, if you’re accused of rape, no matter what, you’re accused of rape. So sponsorships backs off, ABC backed away. There was a barrage of stories and ABC was trying to hold on as long as they could, but it was like, this is getting bad.”


Columbus then admits he has a terrible temper:

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m a hot-headed individual just by nature, especially with men. I’ll never put my hands on a woman. With men, they’ll test you. Where I come from, that’s how I had to defend myself. I’m a chill dude but I don’t play no games. That’s all it is. I don’t play no games.”


And regarding the abuse accusations made by his estranged wife, he says:

“I was raised by women, literally all women. That’s not even in my DNA. I know there’s some men out here that know the situation…Women, please stop swinging on these men! Stop hitting these men because they can’t hit you back. Some dudes are like, ‘Shake a person.’ I don’t even believe in that. If you’re going to shake ‘em you might as well hit ‘em. We’re stronger vessels,” he said.

“If I had hit my wife, she would not have been talking about it. Where are the pictures? We want pictures!”


As for Short’s character Harrison, Shonda Rhimes has now confirmed the character is dead and no other actor will be reprising the role.


  1. Ok. I think he needs to take a break from doing interviews. He’s not helping himself, he’s only hurting himself more.

  2. He’s not very smart. Of course people will try you when they know you have something to lose. Simply put, when men approached him to fight and behaved confrontational, he should have walked away. And because he didn’t, he lost a role on a very successful show that would have opened the door to many more opportunities. I like Columbus, but it’s not hard to see why he’s in the position he is now. He’s too immature to be successful.

  3. I hate that Harrison is dead. They could have given that role to someone else who deserved it more and would have appreciated it more.

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