Thomas Gibson fired from Criminal Minds series

Thomas Gibson

There’s some real-life drama happening on the set of the CBS drama series Criminal Minds.

Thomas Gibson — who has played Special Agent Aaron Hotchner since the launch of the show in 2005 — will not be returning for the new season.

The actor was recently suspended for kicking a writer in the shin during a heated argument over the show’s creative direction. Now, he has officially been fired despite having played one of the main characters for over a decade, and directing six of the drama’s episodes.

Gibson’s spokeswoman released this statement on the actor’s behalf: “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 we always will.”

This news comes after the recent departure of Shemar Moore, who left the show after 11 seasons. Despite losing Thomas and Shemar, the show will return to CBS for its 12th season on Sept. 28, 2016. ~ Natalia Makarski

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  1. Mindy • August 12, 2016 @ 9:35 PM

    Goes to show, be on your best behaviour in the work place or you might not have a job. How embarrassing.

  2. Wendy Fung • August 13, 2016 @ 9:49 PM

    Thomas Gibson Along Shemar Morre, Decade Old Episode Season Bore ! Actors Writers Performance Not Coping, Argument Triggered Unusual Heated Fighting ! From Winnipeg Manitoba Canada !

  3. Jenn • August 15, 2016 @ 9:50 AM

    it is the beginning of the end for Criminal Minds – no matter how people may feel about Thomas Gibson, the show without Hotch will not be nearly as good. To lose both Morgan and Hotch is just too much…so long Criminal Minds, you were great while you lasted!

  4. Linda • August 15, 2016 @ 10:14 AM

    Well I’m getting closer to not watching this show anymore .ive kept with it because of the characters.
    Did he do wrong … Yes . Was a two days suspension enough ? … Yes . Should he have acted in this matter in the past … No. Does he need to be fired over it ? …. NO.
    Do the suspension , put a band aid on where he kicked you and move on . Criminal minds just won’t be without
    Hotchner.
    Everyone screws up , but he’s a good actor . Let him be that .

  5. CDubya • August 15, 2016 @ 11:45 AM

    The show ended a couple seasons ago. It’s over, and everyone needs to move on anyway. No need to kick everyone in shins, kick them all in the butts and out the door to make way for new formulaic shows.

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