The That's So Raven reboot is just around the corner, but Orlando Brown won't be returning to reprise his role as Raven-Symoné's BFF Eddie. The former Disney Channel star has been at the center of a string of controversies including arrests, rumored drug abuse, and at one point a missing person's case since the show went off the air in 2007.
The actor turned rapper temporarily went missing in 2008 before resurfacing and claiming he "needed to be alone." Last year, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, obstruction of justice, and drug possession with intent to sell. And things have only gone from bad to worst for the former child star.
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In a series of bizarre Instagram videos that have since been deleted, Orlando, 29, sparked more drug abuse rumors and went on to claim he had a sexual relationship with Raven when they were in their teens. As expected, his delusional rants meant he was not invited back for the spinoff Raven's Home. Warning: video is NSFW.
However, Orlando was not too happy with the snub. "It's a serious situation, because, you know, we have fans all around the world that love the whole cast," he told TMZ before adding that he hopes Raven reaches out to him so they can figure things out. "We did what we had to do to make a historical moment happen, I don't think it would happen without all of us."
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So happy to announce that I will be replacing Eddie on "That's So Raven 2" as Raven's love interest. Thank you @ravensymone 😘 pic.twitter.com/rpfUaD7iIE— youtube/Alonzo (@alonzolerone) November 15, 2016
So happy to announce that I will be replacing Eddie on "That's So Raven 2" as Raven's love interest. Thank you @ravensymone 😘 pic.twitter.com/rpfUaD7iIE
He was eventually recast by YouTube star Alonzo Lerone, who will be portraying Eddie on the Disney Channel show. "I wish her nothing but the best," Orlando said when the news was announced. "I think that that would disappoint many fans but it's all for the greater good. Everything is ok, everything is great on my side. The fans are going to rip into Raven's a--. She's far off into another land mentally where she made a decision she felt was better for her. I love her still, I'm still in love with her a-- and she's running from the d."
As of today, Orlando has been keeping off social media, as his Instagram page has been removed, but we wish the actor nothing but the best. Be sure to tune into the premier of Raven's Home tonight, July 21 at 10 p.m. on the Disney Channel.
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