Now that it’s (very) out in the open that Criminal Minds has cut ties with actor Thomas Gibson (who plays Aaron ‘Hotch’ Hotchner), it was the actor’s turn to reveal his side of the story, in the much-publicized altercation between him and writer/ executive producer Virgil Williams. During an interview with celebrity magazine, People, Gibson spilled all the beans, including how execs of the show tried to “erase” him.
According to the interview, the incident with Williams had happened during a late night shoot for season twelve. This is where Gibson and the Criminal Minds writer had an argument because of some lines in the script. After their discussion, Gibson had told castmates about their argument when Williams suddenly barged into the room.
“He came into that room and started coming towards me. As he brushed past me, my foot came up and tapped him on the leg,” Gibson shared. “If I hadn’t moved, he would have run into me. We had some choice words, for which I apologized the next day, and that was it. It was over. We shot the scene, I went home – and I never got to go back.”
This prompted ABC and CBS to immediately release a statement confirming the firing of Gibson.
“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds,” said the production companies in a statement. “Creative details of how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”
Reports indicated that Gibson had already hired a lawyer and that he has begun planning his future, without Criminal Minds, even exploring ideas of creating his own show.
“It seems like they’re trying to erase me from the show. That hurts. My pride and reputation are hurt, but in the end, I know the good work is what people will remember. But I’m using, this time, to be with my kids, and I look forward to what’s next,” Gibson claimed. “Maybe I’ll do a comedy, or a play, or direct, or produce.”
And for sure, Thomas Gibson fans will look forward to the day when his plans finally come true.
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