Fired Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson is finally speaking out. The actor, who was dismissed from the long-running CBS drama last week after an alleged on-set altercation with a writer-producer, joined Twitter Tuesday to discuss the situation with his fans.
I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support. I love "Criminal Minds," & I'm disappointed by what's happened #ThomasGibson— Thomas Gibson (@ImThomasGibson) August 16, 2016
The support you show means the world to me and my family. This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all. #ThomasGibson— Thomas Gibson (@ImThomasGibson) August 17, 2016
Gibson's dismissal from the long-running series came after the actor allegedly kicked writer-producer Virgil Williams over creative differences relating to an episode Gibson was directing. He was originally set to receive a two-episode suspension, but just just one day after the news broke, ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios announced the actor, who had been with the the show since it premiered in 2005, would not be returning to the series.
"Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds," the studios said in a joint statement. "Creative details for how the character's exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date."
Gibson later issued his own statement in response.
"I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years," he said. "I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won't be possible now. I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew, and, most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have."
Over the weekend, Gibson hired a Los Angeles-based law firm to determine whether or not he has a case against the show's producers.
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