Thomas Gibson Dismissed From ‘Criminal Minds’
Entertainment| | By Sara Wilkins
Actor Thomas Gibson has been terminated from TV show Criminal Minds following an alleged onset incident last month.
The 54-year-old, who has portrayed FBI agent Aaron Hotchner since the show began in 2005, was suspended from the drama after he allegedly kicked a writer in the leg during an altercation in July.
He was subsequently written out of a couple of episodes for the show’s upcoming 12th season, which airs in September, and now Gibson’s suspension has been made permanent, reports Deadline.com.
“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds,” reads a statement issued by show bosses at 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.”
The actor has since reacted to the firing, telling TheWrap.com, “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.”
After the news of Gibson’s suspension surfaced on Thursday, he admitted to the incident, claiming he retaliated because the writer became aggressive.
He told TMZ, “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. 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.”
It was also revealed it wasn’t the first time Gibson had reportedly experienced an issue on set. According to TMZ, the actor pushed an assistant director in 2010 and network bosses at CBS demanded he attend anger management classes.