In a new interview with GQ, Martin Lawrence opened up about why he left his hit TV show Martin in 1997. The Bad Boys For Life star revealed that he ended the show because of his co-star Tisha Campbell‘s lawsuit against him. Campbell sued Martin in 1997 for alleged sexual harrassment and abuse on and off camera. She refused to film season five with him.
When asked why Martin ended after five seasons, the actor and comedian said, “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 the interviewer asked if he was talking about the Tisha Campbell lawsuit, Martin said, “Yeah.” When the interviewer mentioned that Martin and Tisha had been spending time together lately, he said, “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.”
When asked if he and Tisha ever had a conversation about the suit, he said, “We don’t need to talk about something that just didn’t happen. So I just decided to walk away from the show. I just decided to end it. People said that I got canceled, but that wasn’t the case. I decided to just leave the show.”
When asked if he understood Tisha’s perspective differently now, he said, ‘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.”