The firing of series star Thomas Gibson from “Criminal Minds” following an altercation on the set is just the latest in a string of hassles for the long-running CBS procedural, the New York Post reports.
“Back in 2007, when ‘Criminal Minds’ was beginning its third season, star Mandy Patinkin, who played the central FBI investigator Jason Gideon, simply did not report to work to start filming new episodes,” the Post reports. “He informed no one on staff — neither his boss, executive producer Ed Bernero, nor Gibson nor any other cast member. Everyone was there, waiting for him.
“He never came back.”
Some time later, the trouble began to coalesce around Gibson. “In December 2010, he allegedly shoved assistant director Ian Woolf during a location shoot in downtown LA and was forced to attend anger management classes,” the Post reports. “In January 2013, Gibson pleaded guilty to one count of alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, $300 in court fees and a year of alcohol education classes.”
The show subsequently lost co-star Shemar Moore, who quit last season for unspecified reasons.
“Then, without naming Gibson, Moore lashed out last weekend in an Instagram video shortly after news broke of Gibson’s firing (the video was quickly taken down),” the Post reports, quoting Moore saying: “Lot of birdies chirping out there; the gossip is real. I believe in karma … Treat people how you expect them to treat you … But just know that you’re not better than anybody.”
Gibson has been “lawyering up” since he was fired and appears to be contemplating legal action against the show, as we reported previously.