If you are a big fan of Criminal Minds then you might surely know about whom we are talking about. Thomas Gibson is the famous actor and director who portrayed the role of Aaron Hotchner in the famous CBS TV series Criminal Minds and that too for a total of 11 seasons. Now, fans are wondering what happened to him, why did he disappear all of sudden, and that too when he was such important and had been on the show for such a long time. So here’s everything we know about Thomas Gibson so far.
What Happened To Criminal Mind Star Thomas Gibson?
The very famous CBS Crime drama series tried to give the story of the show a little bit of spin by portraying how Hotch was working on a special assignment and the matter of fact was that Gibson was sacked from the series due to his behavior on set. CBS Studios also released an official statement saying:
“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 actor also had a heated and noisy argument with the writer and co-producer of Criminal Minds in August 2016 when he was directed an episode of the show. In fact, in the heat of the moment, he kicked Williams and was even suspended for a few weeks from the next episodes. To clear his part of the story Gibson narrated the event in his interview that reads:
“We were shooting a scene late one night when I went to Virgil and told him there was a line that I thought contradicted an earlier line. 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. 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.”
According to a report from the media portal, Gibson also had some major issues with many of the co-cast members like Shemar Moore, Derek Morgon due to their late arrival on the sets, there were quiet classes between them.
You might know him from Criminal Minds but before signing up for the tv show, he was a very successful television actor who played the role of Daniel Nyland in the Chicago Hope series from 1994 to 2000. He also acted as Greg Montgomery in the ABC TV series Dharma & Greg from 1997 to 2002.
While talking of the incidents, this was not the first time there was a heated argument between the producer and Gibson. According to media portals, Gibson had been sent to anger management classes after he shoved an assistant director of the show. Some industry sources also say that Gibson was verbally abusive to the show’s crew as well as towards the co-cast members. There are also some reports that say Gibson was even arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2010.
How did the Criminal Minds writers write Hotch out?
The sudden exit of Gibson’s character from the show of course did not offer the fans much closure. Especially his character Hotch was a very professional one. The character of the show Hotch joined the Witness Protection Program in order to protect himself and his son from a serial killer named Mr. Scratch. After many months on the set altercation, the showrunner of Criminal Minds Erica Messer also weighed in and wrote Gibson out of the story.
Erica gave her statement in an interview with TV Guide:
“Without having a chance to see Thomas again to physically write out the character, I felt like something massive had to have happened while we claimed he was off doing temporary duty,” she said. “This was a character I’ve known and loved for 12 seasons. I really wanted to be able to send him off in a way that felt believable for that character. I think for all of us who love Hotch, we would say he was an amazing team leader, but he was also an amazing father. He’s had so much tragedy since we’ve known him that he would not risk losing his life again or his son’s life for the job anymore. He’s the hero and he’s amazing, but at the same time, he would never let Jack be an orphan. That was how I came at [writing] it.”
What Thomas Gibson Is Doing After Leaving Criminal Minds?
After his unexpected exit from the show Criminal minds, Gibson’s career has been very low in and quiet. Last he was seen in a film in 2017, Axis. This movie was directed by Criminal Minds co-star Aisha Taylor. He also worked as a pilot for the tv show Shadow Wolves where he played the role of head of the NSA terrorism unit who runs elite native American trackers who work for the US government. He is also coming to portray a new role in the upcoming movie The Writer’s Bible.
Many fans of Gibson expected to see him in the finale episode of Criminal Minds. Although Hotch did appear in the final episode of the show he appeared using old footage of the show and there was no new appearance from the actor that actually disappointed viewers and many of his fans.
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