Shemar Moore Leaves ‘Criminal Minds’ After 11 Years

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The hottest FBI agent on television is turning in his badge after over a decade of service.

Fans learned that Shemar Moore was exiting Criminal Minds after 11 season during Wednesday night’s episode (Mar. 23, 2016) of the CBS crime show, where his character, Derek Morgan, announced that he was leaving FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit to focus on his family.

Like his onscreen persona, Moore revealed he was departing from the series to find “balance” between his work and personal life.

“I didn’t direct, I didn’t write, but I grew, and I’m leaving because I want to continue to grow as an actor,” he told TVLine. “I’m leaving to see what else I’m capable of.”

He continued, “I love what I do for a living, I love it from ‘action’ to ‘cut’, but I also want to walk my dogs, travel, get married, have kids. I want balance, and it’s hard to do with the schedule that we have.”

Moore also admitted that he thought about walking away from the show a year ago when his contract expired, but felt fans needed closure should his character leave.

“Artistically, it didn’t feel right to just abruptly be gone,” he said about wrapping Season 10. “So Erica [Messer] said to me, ‘Allow us to give you, and more importantly Derek Morgan, but more importantly the crew, the cast and the fans, a proper goodbye.'”