TV Star Booted From Long-Running Show
Thomas Gibson fired from 'Criminal Minds' for kicking writer
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2016 6:10 PM CDT
Thomas Gibson, seen here in 2009, was fired from "Criminal Minds" after 11 seasons for kicking a writer.   (AP)

(Newser) – Showbiz can be a tough business—especially if you're a writer working anywhere near Thomas Gibson, apparently. The Hollywood Reporter reports the actor was fired from Criminal Minds, the CBS show he's starred on for 11 seasons, after kicking a writer. Gibson and the writer had gotten into an argument while Gibson was directing an episode for the upcoming season. "I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years," THR quotes Gibson as saying. "I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won't be possible now." Gibson had already been in trouble for pushing a producer years earlier.

The AV Club points out Gibson is far from the first Criminal Minds actor to depart the show, a list that includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Aisha Tyler, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Shemar Moore, who like Gibson had been on Criminal Minds from the beginning, left the show at the end of last season.