Thomas Gibson’s time on CBS’ Criminal Minds has come to an end.
“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,” producers ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios said in a statement.
The dismissal follows news that the actor — who had been on the veteran procedural since its start — kicked a writer on-set.
As of Thursday, Gibson was facing a two-episode suspension following the incident. His character was to be written out of both episodes, with that now turning into being written out of the series on which he has starred for 11 seasons.
The incident occurred while Gibson was directing an episode of the drama’s upcoming 12th season and had a dispute with the hour’s writer, who also happened to be on-set. Insiders say they got into an argument and tempers on both sides flared, with Gibson said to have instinctively reacted to aggression and kicked the writer.
“I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years,” Gibson said in a statement on 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.”