Thomas Gibson Has Been Fired from ‘Criminal Minds’
The producers of the CBS series announced on Friday (Aug. 12, 2016) that he will not return for the Season 12 when it returns on Sept. 28.
“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds,” reads a statement from ABC Studios and CBS Studios. “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”
Gibson was suspended from the show earlier in the week after getting into a physical altercation with a writer-producer, who is speculated to be Virgil Williams.
“There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement,” said Gibson in an earlier statement. “I regret that it occurred. We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and we always will.”
Gibson was sent to anger management classes several years ago when he allegedly pushed an A.D. from the same series. TVLine speculates that his character, Aaron Hotchner, will likely “be sent away on special assignment in Season 12’s third episode.”
TMZ previously reported that Criminal Minds show runners were reportedly conceiving of ways to write Gibson out of the show because they are done dealing with Gibson’s violent on-set antics. Rumor had it that the writers were developing a storyline for the next season that would send him and his character off into the television abyss. They also told the tabloid that Gibson will be stripped of his directing privileges if he returned to the show and he would have been limited to only acting.
Gibson’s sources claimed that they knew nothing of his character being written out.