“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.