'Criminal Minds': Thomas Gibson Suspended From CBS Show, Will Shemar Moore Return?

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Update: The New York Times reports that Thomas Gibson has been fired, as a result of this altercation.

There's trouble brewing in Criminal Minds land. Apparently, Thomas Gibson is in hot water over an altercation on the set. So much so that he's currently on temporary suspension. At this point, no one really knows how his actions will affect his alter-ego Special Agent Aaron Hotchner.

In a recent People interview, Gibson had this to say about the bad vibes and shin-kicking on the set.

"There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred. We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and we always will."
The scuffle in question took place on a day when Gibson was both starring in and directing an upcoming Criminal Minds Season 12 episode. He kicked a staffer, almost "out of instinct." This information comes from an unidentified source, who also indicated that the altercation occurred two weeks ago.Thomas Gibson's future involvement with Criminal Minds is now under review. For now, Aaron Hotchner is being written out of the script. In addition, Gibson won't be granted Season 12 directing privileges.

Entertainment Weekly indicated that this type of incident on the set may not be the first for Thomas Gibson. There are at least two public reports stating that the Criminal Minds star shoved an assistant director in 2010. As a result, he was required to attend anger management classes.

The above mentioned source who provided the two-week timeline information has nothing but good things to say about Special Agent Aaron Hotchner of the BAU. The source made the following statement.

"Thomas is the most kindhearted family man. He's a great father, takes care of his mom and spends as much time with his wife and kids as possible. He's a great guy, and I hate that this minor disagreement is what people are hearing about him."
CNN reports that Special Agent Aaron Hotchner has been part of his criminal-busting team for 11 years. If things don't go well and the suspension of Thomas Gibson sticks, his biggest fans will almost certainly be disappointed.

ABC Studios had no comment regarding the flare-up. Criminal Minds is produced there.

The actor didn't make an appearance at CBS's annual fall celebration, which was held yesterday. However, his co-stars seemingly made it through the evening without him.

TV Guide points out that Gibson's acting career started at a very early age at 9 years old. As he got older, he branched out to local theater groups.

The Juilliard graduate had little trouble beefing up his resume with a variety of stage credits when school was over. Since that time, he snagged the role of Greg on Dharma & Greg. You might also remember him on Chicago Hope, where he played the role of a doctor. Between Dharma & Greg and Criminal Minds, Thomas starred in numerous made-for-TV movies.

Gibson is an avid golfer and a snappy dresser. He was ranked the No. 2 celebrity golfer (by Golf Digest) in 2006. Since then, he's played with other celebs to include Bill Murray and Ray Romano. In 1998, Thomas Gibson made the TV Guide's "TV's Best Dressed" list.

How do you feel about the possibility that Thomas Gibson may not be asked to return to the Criminal Minds cast? If Aaron Hotchner gets replaced, do you think one of his teammates will be asked to step in and take over? It's no surprise that millions of Shemar Moore fans would be thrilled to see him back. Please leave feedback related to Criminal Minds below.

Mark your calendar! The debut episode of Season 12 Criminal Minds airs September 28 on your local CBS station. It will be here before you know it.

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