It’s official: Thomas Gibson, who popularized the character Aaron Hotchner on the hit TV series “Criminal Minds,” has been reportedly fired from the show.
This was the decision allegedly made by ABC and CBS. The development came out after reports suggested that the 54-year-old actor-director kicked a writer during an episode he was directing early last week.
In a joint statement, the network and the 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,” the statement added.
In response, Thomas Gibson, who has portrayed the character Aaron Hotchner for 15 years in the “Criminal Minds” released a statement to USA Today explaining his side on the issue.
“I love ‘Criminal Minds’ and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years,” the actor said, adding, “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,” he concluded.
It was earlier reported by The Wrap that Thomas Gibson, who rose to stardom for portraying Aaron Hotchner, had been suspended from “Criminal Minds” after physically assaulting one of the show’s writers. For his part, the former “Chicago Hope” star explained that he only retaliated because the writer allegedly became overly aggressive.
However, after the writer complained with ABC’s management regarding the incident, the hot-tempered star was suspended for two weeks. In a statement, the ex-“Dharma and Greg” actor bared that there were creative differences between him and the staffer on the set, which led to the disagreement and physical confrontation.
“I regret that it occurred,” an apologetic Thomas Gibson said, not knowing that his character Aaron Carter would eventually be making a controversial exit from “Criminal Minds.”