The famous American actor and director Thomas Gibson played the role of Aaron Hotchner (Hotch) in the CBS TV series Criminal Minds for almost 11 seasons. However, after appearing in season 12 of the series for a short period of time, he disappeared all of a sudden from the crime drama show that almost left fans what happened to him.
It is quite unusual for such a long-running series to have the same cast members from beginning to end. Sometimes actors leave to pursue other projects or join to new destiny is dictated by producers and writers. So, now if you are wondering what happened to Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson? then here’s everything you need to know.
The CBS crime drama team has tried to give a spin to the story where Hotch is working on a special assignment. Hotch is the role played by Thomson Gibson. But the true matter of fact is that Thomas Gibson has been sacked from the series due to his odd and upsetting behavior on the set.
CBS Studios also released a 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 news that came out mentioned that Thomas Gibson had a noisy argument with writer and producer of Criminal Minds Virgil Williams. It was not the first time the two artists encountered an argument, earlier in 2016 also both of them were involved in a heated argument while he was directing an episode of the show. In extreme anger, Thomas kicked Williams and thus he was even suspended from the show for a couple of weeks.
Gibson even narrated the incident in the interview as:
“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 reports which we got, Gibson had been suffering from anger issues and also some interior issues with one of his co-cast members named Shemar Moore. He is the one who played the role of agent Derek Morgan. Moore always had a habit of coming late to the set, and this would always create a ruckus between Thomas
Where Is Thomas Gibson Involved At Present Post Criminal Minds?
Before signing up for Criminal Minds, Gibson had very successfully worked as a television actor who played the role of Daniel Nyland in the Chicago Hope series that is from 1994 to 2000. As Greg Montgomery in the ABC TV Series “Dharma & Greg” from 1997 to 2002.
So, after his sudden and abrupt exit from the show, Gibson’s career has stayed quite low profile. After that, he has appeared in a few movies like Axis in the year 2017 that was directed by his Criminal Minds co-star Aisha Taylor. In addition to that, he has also appeared in a tv show that is titled Shadow Wolves as a head of an NSA terrorism unit not forget Gibson was also featured in the film, The Writer’s Bible.
Gibson grew up in Charleston, SC. He became involved in theater at a young age. He has also attended the Juilliard School on a scholarship, graduating in 1985. His big break as an actor came in landing a role in the 1992 Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman starter “Far and Away”. He has also toplined the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg that is opposite Jenna Elfman from 1997-2002.
Despite all the circumstances behind his dismissal, Gibson still admires his show and love for Criminal Minds fans. In replacement of Hotchner, more women team members were hired and promoted to bring more positive changes in the series demographics. In the end, Criminal Minds weathered the storm and continued on for almost three seasons.
Many loyal fans of Criminal Minds were actually hoping to see Gibson in the series finale. Hotch did not appear in the flashback and even though he did appear in a flashback that used old footage. There was no new appearance from the actor and this was really a big disappointment for the fans.