Martin Lawrence is finally speaking about the real reason behind calling it quits on his self-titled hit series Martin.
What We Know:
- In 1997, Tisha Campbell, who played Lawrence’s girlfriend Gina on the show, charged the actor with “repeated and escalating sexual harassment, sexual battery, verbal abuse and violent threats”. The suit was reportedly settled out of court.
- Lawrence has always adamantly denied these accusations, In his latest interview with GQ, he alluded to how the tension on set led to him leaving the show, even though it was originally reported that the show had been canceled.
- When directly asked to explain why the show ended, Martin had this to say: “Well, how can I say this? It just was time to end. 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….” When asked to clarify if he was referring to Campbell’s claims, he said yes.
- In 2018, Lawrence and his Martin co-stars, Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold reunited for the first time since Campbell made the allegations against the comedian turned actor 20 years prior. Martin noted that the reconciliation between them was possible because, “none of that was true. It was all a lot of bullsh*t”.
- Lawrence said that there’s nothing but love between him and Campbell when they bump into each other. He’s quoted as saying “I love Tisha. I’ve seen her then and now, now and then, always with nothing but love. I have nothing but love for her, and I always have.”
- Campbell confirmed that the two have since made up, saying on an episode of The Real last October that Lawrence reached out after the actress separated from her longtime husband, Duane Martin. She recalled saying, “This is how I knew things were going to be okay: Martin called me the day after I separated to just reconnect.”
Now that things are amicable between Lawrence and Campbell, in the era of reboots, do we want to see a Martin reunion?