Thomas Gibson Fired From ‘Criminal Minds’ After Altercation With Show’s Writer

Time to say goodbye to Aaron Hotchner. Thomas Gibson, who plays the FBI special agent on Criminal Minds, is leaving the long-running CBS crime procedural, producers announced on Friday, August 12. The news follows the actor's altercation with a show writer, which went public on August 11.

Thomas Gibson on 'Criminal Minds'
Thomas Gibson on 'Criminal Minds' Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

"Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds," ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios said in a statement released to Us Weekly. "Creative details for how the character's exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date."

Gibson addressed his exit in a statement released to Us: "I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last twelve years. 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."

The 54-year-old actor, who has starred on the drama since the September 2005 pilot, had previously been suspended for two episodes after reports surfaced that he kicked a writer in the leg on the set a few weeks ago during a spat about a season 12 episode that Gibson was directing.

“There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement,” the Dharma and Greg alum said in a statement on August 11. “I regret that it occurred. We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and always will.”

A source told Us that the on-set spat was a "minor disagreement," and that Gibson is a "kind-hearted family man."

This was already a time of transition for the popular show. Original series star Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan) said goodbye in season 11, while Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) returns in a recurring capacity for season 12.

Tell Us: Will you still watch Criminal Minds without Thomas Gibson?

Criminal Minds returns to CBS Wednesday, September 28, at 9 p.m. ET.

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