ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, the producers of the series “Criminal Minds” on Friday in a joint statement made an announcement that Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from ‘Criminal Minds’.
Gibson was involved in a physical altercation with another member on the set of the show in Los Angeles last month. He issued an apology on Thursday before the announcement of his termination made.
As reported in NBC News, he said in a statement that, “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred.” He added, “I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last twelve years.”
He also said that he wishes he could have remained on the show and thanked the shows writers and producers, “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.”
Gibson had a long career in acting. The 54-year-old actor , who previously starred on the sitcom Dharma & Greg and the hospital drama series “Chicago Hope.”, had been portraying the role of a Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, on the show since the start of its first season in 2005. He had also directed six episodes in the recent years.
‘Criminal Minds’ is a CBS drama that focuses on an elite squad of FBI profilers who try to anticipate and prevent criminal behavior of the country’s most-twisted criminal minds.
Other actors of this show are Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler and, a newcomer this season, Adam Rodriguez.
The studios said that details on how Hotchner will be written out of the show would be announced later.
‘Criminal Minds’ is currently filmming for its 12th season and would be back on CBS on September 28.