Thomas Gibson has been fired from Criminal Minds after an altercation on set led to him kicking a producer. Although he was officially fired last week, Gibson finally addressed what happened today on Twitter.
I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support. I love "Criminal Minds," & I'm disappointed by what's happened #ThomasGibson
— Thomas Gibson (@ImThomasGibson) August 16, 2016
Gibson tweeted to his fans, “I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support. I love Criminal Minds, & I’m disappointed by what’s happened. I’m here on #Twitter so we can stay connected in the days to come, and talk directly with each other. The support you show means the world to me and my family. This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all.”
According to Variety, Gibson’s character, Aaron Hotchner, is expected to appear in two episodes of the upcoming season but the actor will not return to film any further episodes.
On Aug. 12, when the announcement of Gibson’s firing was made, CBS and ABC Studios issued a joint statement that assured fans about the show. They 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.”
Gibson issued his own statement, but focused on his fans instead of the drama from set. He said, “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.”
There’s no room for violence in the workplace. Certainly there are two sides to every story, and we know that Gibson probably didn’t get to the point of physical violence on his own. However, whether he was provoked or not is beside the point. There’s no excuse for what he did.
ABC Studios and CBS are well within their rights to fire Gibson, and although he’s disappointed, it was the right decision. Hopefully, he’ll use this as a learning opportunity so it never happens again.