Star Of ‘Criminal Minds’ Is Fired Following Altercation With Writer

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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One of the stars of the hit show “Criminal Minds,” Thomas Gibson, has been let go following an altercation with one of the writers.

On Friday in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS executives explained that the 54-year-old actor was no longer going to be with the show after 11 seasons and how they planned to deal with the his characters disappearance. (RELATED: ‘Glee’ Actor Fired From ‘Gods And Secrets’ Following Child Porn Indictment)

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“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds,” a statement from producers with ABC studios and CBS Television Studios read. “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”

Gibson responded shortly after the news broke and thanked the fans, cast and crew for a great experience, but did not mention nor apologize for the altercation with the writer.

“I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years,” Gibson said. “I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won’t be possible now. I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew, and, most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have.”

On Thursday, news came out that Gibson had been suspended for two episodes after he allegedly kicked one of the writers during the filming of an episode he was directing.