Say it ain’t so! Columbus Short won’t be returning to “Scandal” for season four. A source told The Grio that he didn’t decide to leave and that the choice was made for “creative purposes.”

Short released the following statement on Friday:

“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 [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 [Washington] 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.”

Columbus’ “Scandal” exit comes as he’s facing several scandals of his own. In late March, he was arrested on a felony battery charge that could get him up to four years in jail if convicted. In addition, he and his wife, Tuere, are in the midst of a nasty divorce amid charges of domestic abuse.