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Thomas Gibson Fired From ‘Criminal Minds’

Actor Axed Following Altercation With a Writer on the Set

“Criminal Minds” star Thomas Gibson has been fired from the long-running CBS crime solver following his suspension after allegedly kicking a writer in the episode he was directing earlier in the week.

“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds,” the network and production studio said in a joint statement. “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”

Earlier reports indicated that CBS, which airs the long-running FBI procedural and ABC, which produces it, would suspend the actor for two episodes.

Gibson, who had been with the show since its 2005 debut, said in a statement, “I love “Criminal Minds” and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 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.”

Prior to “Criminal Minds,” Gibson had been known for his role on ABC sitcom “Dharma & Greg,” which ran from 1997 to 2002.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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