'Criminal Minds' veteran Thomas Gibson fired from CBS drama

FILE- In this June 8, 2011, file photo, actor Thomas Gibson attends the 51st Monaco Television Festival in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Gibson has been dismissed from the long-running CBS drama “Criminal Minds.” ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, which produce the series, made the announcement Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, with no further details. (AP Photo/Christian Alminana, File)

NEW YORK — Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from the long-running CBS drama "Criminal Minds."

ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, which produce the series, made the announcement Friday, providing no further details.

Gibson's exit followed a physical altercation last month between him and another member of the "Criminal Minds" company on the series' Los Angeles set. It occurred as the series filmed an episode for the upcoming season, its twelfth, according to a person with knowledge of the incident who spoke on the condition of anonymity because that person wasn't authorized to discuss it.

The altercation reportedly led to an internal review.

The firing was preceded by an apology from Gibson on Thursday.

"There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred," Gibson said in a statement.

Gibson had starred on "Criminal Minds" — which focuses on an elite team of FBI profilers who try to anticipate and prevent criminal behavior — since its premiere in 2005. He played Special Agent Aaron Hotchner. He had also directed six episodes in recent years.

Details on how Hotchner will be written out of the show "will be announced at a later date," the studios said.

Remaining stars of the ensemble series include Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler and, a newcomer this season, Adam Rodriguez.

"I love 'Criminal Minds' and have put my heart and soul into it for the last twelve years," Gibson said in a statement Friday. "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."

The 54-year-old Gibson had previously starred in the sitcom "Dharma & Greg" and the hospital drama series "Chicago Hope."

The new "Criminal Minds" season begins Sept. 28.

___

AP entertainment reporter Mark Kennedy contributed to this story.

You may also interested in

2 Fox News execs named co-presidents, will report...

Aug 12, 2016

Rupert Murdoch moves to set up a new management structure at Fox News following Roger Ailes'...

Is NBC's prime-time Olympics due for a change?

Aug 12, 2016

For all the changes media and even Olympics coverage, NBC sticks to a time-honored formula for its...

After storm halts tribute, A-Rod doubles in...

Aug 13, 2016

His pregame tribute ended by a storm, Alex Rodriguez began his final game with the New York Yankees...

Trump goes on tear against media, not Clinton

Aug 14, 2016

Trump campaign blames 'disgusting' press for a week of distractions at a time when Republicans...

Google's Duo app joins crowded field of video...

Aug 16, 2016

Google releases video calling app Duo in challenge to other popular services run by Apple,...

People also read these

Larry Wilmore-hosted 'Nightly Show' axed by...

Aug 15, 2016

Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" is coming to an end

Court rejects Cosby's attempt to reseal testimony...

Aug 15, 2016

A federal appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby's effort to reseal his deposition testimony about...

Box Office Top 20: 'Sausage Party' scarfs up...

Aug 15, 2016

It was a feast for the raunchy animated comedy "Sausage Party" at the box office this weekend

'Wire' actor Wendell Pierce loses Baton Rouge home

Aug 16, 2016

"The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce's home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge,...

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settle divorce case

Aug 16, 2016

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard say they have settled their contentious divorce on Tuesday and the...

About Us

Buzz Online Daily brings to you the trendy and up-to-date viral news, entertainment news, and local breaking news exclusively to our dedicated readers.

Contact us: sales@buzzonlinedaily.com

Subscribe Now!