Columbus Short

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Calm down guys, OPA is still down a gladiator.

Ever since Scandal star Columbus Short, who faced legal troubles earlier this year when he was arrested for battery, announced that he would no longer be a part of the cast of the hit ABC drama, we've had one question on our minds: So what's going to happen to his character, Harrison?

We assumed, since the third season finale ended with a gun pointed at Harrison's head, that he would simply not survive to see season 4. However, for a moment today, we had a brief glimpse into another world, a world in which Harrison Wright not only managed to not be killed by Papa Pope, but also was to be played by an entirely different actor.

An article was mistakenly published this afternoon stating that Short would be replaced by actor Eric West, who would continue to play the same character Short has played since the pilot. The report was quickly debunked, not only by ABC, but by the Scandal queen herself, Shonda Rhimes.

The actor in question, Eric West, who appeared in last year's World War Z, also chimed in.

The article was quickly deleted and it was explained as a miscommunication, but that sure was a strange few minutes for us Scandal fans!

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