Columbus Short 'Starting From the Bottom' on Comedy Circuit

Former Scandal star looks to reinvent himself after leaving series.

Posted: 05/30/2014 12:00 PM EDT

Columbus Short isn't going away quietly after being let go from Scandal. The actor, who announced in April he won't be returning for season four of the hit series, is reinventing himself as a comedian and R&B artist.

TMZ caught Short leaving Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank earlier this week, where he seemed to be in a self-deprecating mood. "Started from the bottom, now we here...back at the bottom," he joked with the cameraman when asked what he was doing at the club.

But Short's mood got considerably darker when he was asked if any of Short’s co-stars from Scandal had reached out to him since his alleged firing. "They reached out via SnapChat," he said, sounding sarcastic. "[The messages ] came so fast I missed them." When asked if he would ever make a guest appearance on the show, Short quickly replied, "not after this interview."

The actor's career took a dive after reports of his abusive relationship with ex-wife Tanee McCall-Short became public. Short's temper also got him arrested after he left a man bloody and unconscious following a bar fight. The victim attempted to settle out of court with Short, but is now suing him for damages after the actor went back on the agreement, claiming poverty.

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