One of the stars of the long-running CBS procedural “Criminal Minds” has been fired from the show after a physical altercation. USA Today reports that Thomas Gibson, who has played Aaron Hotchner on the drama series since season one, was canned over the incident in which he kicked the writer of the episode Gibson was directing.
Gibson was initially suspended, as we reported Thursday, but after reviewing the situation, CBS and ABC Studios made the decision to boot him permanently.
In a joint statement, the network and production studio said: “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.”
USA Today published a statement from Gibson in which he said: “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.”