'Criminal Minds': Is Shemar Moore Really Leaving After 11 Seasons? What Will "Baby Girl" Do Without Him? Spoilers!

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Shemar Moore is leaving Criminal Minds after 11 seasons. If you watched last night's episode, you've already heard the heartbreaking news and possibly depleted an entire box of tissues. The question of the day remains. What will "Baby Girl" (and his many fans) do without Derek? And, worse yet, will the BAU ever be the same?

Interesting to note, according to TV Line, Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope) co-wrote the script for this episode of Criminal Minds, and Matthew Gray Gubler (Spencer) directed it. Both of them have contributed, in the same manner, before.

— Criminal Minds (@CrimMinds_CBS) March 23, 2016

Oh, yeah. You'll have to see for yourself. That was one of the things I am the proudest of, that there's a lot there. It's easy to write for people who I've spent so much time with, and I know what good actors they are and man, really… everybody is so good in it.

The Hollywood Reporter recently spoke with Shemar Moore, a.k.a. Derek Morgan, who finished filming Criminal Minds over a month ago. He admits to re-watching some of Derek's best moments, along with the most recent drama.

Moore goes on to explain he's been pondering whether or not to leave the uber-popular series for quite some time.

"When we started, there were 102 cop shows … and I questioned why they needed 103 but what we found out was that Criminal Minds was a different type of show. We were the little train that could. There were so many doubters and 11 years and 251 episodes later, I'm very proud. It's nice to exhale now. I feel really at peace with the fact that I left it all out on the field."

— Kirsten Vangsness (@Vangsness) March 23, 2016

— paget brewster (@pagetpaget) March 24, 2016

He tells readers it was Young and the Restless that made him popular in Hollywood. However, it was Criminal Minds that proved he could handle a dramatic role and keep his shirt on at the same time.

As you might guess, Moore has mixed feelings about leaving the rest of the cast behind. He summed it up by saying:

"It's a weird experience. I just spent 11 years with a group of people and it's a weird thing to walk away from — but I did it on my terms and in the right way."

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