Here’s the thing about kicking people on the set of a TV show: Don’t do it! Thomas Gibson, star of Criminal Minds, allegedly did not heed this advice, and now, he is not the star of Criminal Minds, via Vulture.
Gibson was suspended recently for reportedly kicking someone on the set of the drama, who was later reported to be executive producer Virgil Williams. Gibson issued a statement about the incident, but apparently it was not enough for ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, who issued their own statement today:
“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds. Creative details for how the character's exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”
The former star of Dharma & Greg has appeared as Aaron Hotchner on Criminal Minds for 11 years. Here was his statement following news of his departure:
"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."