Larenz Tate is already starring on one hit TV show, USA Network’s Rush, but fans of the ABC hit series Scandal want him to take over Columbus Short‘s vacated role.
He can do it since many actors on TV have multiple gigs, but Tate didn’t want to keep speculation going about a job he doesn’t have.
Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes shut down rumors that Tate was replacing Short months ago, but fans still think it’s a great idea.
Tate talked about Rush but skillfully dodged questions about Scandal when he talked with Wendy Williams.
“I would love to have two jobs. ’Rush’ is a really great show. It’s a medical drama,” he said.
He added, “some of our storylines are loosely based off of events that go on. The only constant thing in his life has been his best friend…I’m the complete total opposite.
“I have what you could consider the ideal life, but I start going into a bit of his world as the show progresses,” Tate said.
As far as Short’s misfortunes, Tate, who knows the actor, says that he’s sorry that his fellow actor seems to be dealing with some serious challenges.
“It’s unfortunate that he’s gone through some serious and tough times, but I’m happy with what I’m doing right now and that’s ‘Rush.’”
Gun Hill, a BET movie that recently premiered starring Tate may also get a series pickup, says writer/producer Reggie Rock Bythewood, who says he hopes Tate’s schedule could work out to do both shows, if necessary.
USA”s new medical drama “Rush” premieres on July 17.