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Thomas Gibson Fired from “Criminal Minds” After On-Set Scrap

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Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — The case is closed for Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson: the 54-year-old actor’s been fired from the long-running show after 12 years, stemming from a disagreement with a writer that turned physical. 

The actor, who has had a physical confrontation with another show staffer in the past, reportedly kicked a colleague this week after a dispute. 

Following a brief suspension, both the show’s network, CBS, and ABC Studios, which produced the show, issued a brief statement confirming the dismissal.

For his part, a statement from Gibson obtained by ABC News read, “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.”

Variety notes that Gibson’s character Aaron Hotchner will appear in two already-shot episodes of the upcoming season, which debuts on September 28.  

The CBS/ABC Studios statement noted, “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”

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