22 years after his hit comedy show Martin taken off air, actor and comedian Martin Lawrence has finally revealed why the show ended abruptly.
In a recent interview with GQ magazine, the 54 year old actor opened up about why his 90’s hit comedy show Martin came to sudden end 1997, stating that it happened as result of a sexual harassment lawsuit lodged against him by his then co-star, Tisha Campbell, who played the role of his girlfriend in the sitcom which had aired from 1992.
In her lawsuit against the actor back in 1997, Bet reports that Tisha claimed that she experienced “obsessive” physical and emotional abuse from Lawrence, including “repeated and escalating sexual harassment, sexual battery and violent threats.” Martin denied the allegations.
Although hesitant in tone at first, the Bad boys star responded bluntly to interviewer, Zach Baron, when he brought up the question.
“You did the show for five seasons, right? How come it ended?” Baron asked.
“Well, how can I say this? It just was time to end,” Lawrence replied. “Let’s just put it that way. It was just, at that time, there was some, um, there were some things that was being said that—” “You’re talking about Tisha Campbell’s lawsuit?” said Baron.
“Yeah. Yeah,” Lawrence said, before confirming he’s been spending more time with the actress. “Yeah. Because none of that was true. It was all a lot of bulls**t and — just whoever’s side it was, it was bulls**t.”
“We don’t need to talk about something that just didn’t happen,” he continued. “So I just decided to walk away from the show. I just decided to end it. People said that I got cancelled, but that wasn’t the case. I decided to just leave the show.” He added.
Bet further reports that there is no bad blood between the two and that the co-stars and that in 2018 they reunited for the first time in two decades since the lawsuit. And actor also confirmed this during his interview with GQ.
Complex reports that Tisha has since given a response. During her recent appearance on American talk show, The Talk, the 51-year-old actress addressed the matter, saying that despite being caught off-guard when she heard about it, her relationship with the actor is nothing short of good.
"I can’t go into much detail about the past because there was a confidentiality agreement, so the gag order says no. But, what I can say is … I was actually kind of shocked," she said in Thursday's episode, adding that some people wanted her to not address the comments, while others encouraged her to clap back. "... So I hit [Lawrence] up. He called me within a minute … He was like, 'Don’t read into what it is, there’s a lot of people that’s trying to bring up the past and trying to make it news today. But, you know T, we’re good. I love you and I love your family."
She continued: "... Again, I’m not going to go into details, because I want to respect his privacy and I want to respect mine. But I will say, by the end of it, it was nothing but laughter and healing. And I got a chance to experience that. And I’m so glad we’re in a good place right now." She told the host.
And for good measure, Lawrence, who insists that he and Campbell are now in good terms, took to his Instagram and shared a touching message to Campbell that casts away any doubts regarding their current relationship. "Regardless of the past or any misrepresentation of it In the press, I have nothing but love for Tisha then and now," he captioned an old photo of himself and Campbell. "We are good and always will be!” he wrote.