Thomas GIbson Firing Twitter

Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson Tweets He's 'Disappointed' About Firing

Fired Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson has weighed in on his dismissal via an official statement. He’s reportedly hired lawyers to pursue legal action in the matter. And now he’s joined Twitter to speak about how “disappointed” he is in his departure from the CBS procedural.

On Friday, the actor was let go from Criminal Minds after an on-set dust-up in which he allegedly kicked a producer. In the past, Gibson had been made to attend anger-management classes after reportedly shoving an assistant director.

Soon after his dismissal, Gibson began posting to the popular social media site; in a string of tweets Tuesday, the actor thanked his fans and said he was “disappointed by what’s happened.” (Our sister site Variety verified that the account actually is Gibson’s.)

At the time of his departure, Gibson said via statement: “I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years… 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.”

One of Gibson’s former co-stars, Shemar Moore, also recently took to social media to express his thoughts. Though he never referenced Gibson by name — and later said the video was not about the recently terminated actor — Moore posted an Instagram video (that has since been deleted) in which he states, “I believe in karma. Good things happen to good people. Honest people. Hard-working people. Humble people. People who believe in basic goodness” and “just know that you’re not better than anybody.”

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73 Comments
  1. ME says:

    He uses his own name as a hashtag? Just in case we didn’t know that his own tweet was already about him?

  2. Simon Jester says:

    No sympathy. You assault someone at work, you *should* get fired… especially if it’s the second incident.
    .
    I’m not sure the Shemar Moore Instagram video is relevant, though — mightn’t it be referencing the Keith Tisdell embezzlement case that was settled in Moore’s favor on Friday?

    • Drew says:

      Same. He made his bed, now let him lie in it. As for the Shemar Moore video, it was indeed about Gibson.

      • Reality Check says:

        Nope, he just said it wasn’t about him. Do a search, see for yourself.

      • Aleksander eide says:

        It was not about gibson, Moore already said it was about the lawsuit, ;)

        • Andrea and Bob says:

          I don’t enjoy the show now! He made the show! So goodbye to this great show, without him, it;s not the same!!! Andrea and Bob We want Thomas Gibson back!

      • Reality Check says:

        HAAAAAAAA! Karma. The “victim” just got snitched out. Virgil Williams wrote for ER a few years ago and threatened a woman PA because she took his spot on the softball team. I’m not making this up … but it sure explains a lot. According to TMZ and based on multiple ER sources, Williams said he would ruin this woman’s career and threatened to kill her … over a softball team. Williams was suspended and took anger management classes … but wasn’t fired. A sissy who can’t play softball and goes after a girl. Oh, and he was the manager of the team as well. Hilarious! So that’s they guy CM is protecting and that’s why the show’s going in the toilet. This is the poor little “victim” that just wants a safe workplace. Don’t worry, I’m sure more stuff will come out … soon.

        • Check Your Reality says:

          Thomas pushed a guy and had to go to anger management classes.

          The ER story proves nothing, considering the TMZ story ends with:

          “Sources at ABC, the producers of ‘Criminal,’ reiterate their investigation showed Thomas was the aggressor, and Virgil’s keeping his job.”

          Producers and writers are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. Lead actors aren’t. If he was fired, there was a reason. Face it, and while you’re at it, maybe you could stop calling victims of physical assault “sissies”? Because you’re coming off like the type of person who’d kick a co-worker and wonder “What happened? Why’s everyone so mad at me?”

      • Mary says:

        @Reality Check doesn’t matter if Williams is a jerk, Gibson is the one who used physical violence so his firing was justify. Do you not think that ABC made sure all it dots were lined up before they made the decision. It is apparent that they didn’t make a rash decision but waited until the investigation was complete before firing him.

    • Temperance says:

      There are lots of ways to be assaulted. I don’t doubt the a kick was just a tiny part of a two-sided problem. The person in power – and probably the real instigator, gets away with it, as usual. This happens all the time; it’s a typical way the wealthy and powerful manipulate people.

      • Christy says:

        You are correct. There’s a lot more to the story.

      • KCC says:

        Poor Thomas Gibson, being oppressed by the “wealthy and powerful” people. I would consider Gibson part of that class. He has the money and access to people (aka lawyers) that could help him in his struggle against “the man” without resorting to violence. In the end it’s about Gibson’s response during a conflict. Not what the conflict was about or if the producer/writer is an a-hole. Unless he was acting in self defense, there is no excuse for it. Like most people, I have been in my share of disputes and in not a single instance have I struck another person.

        • Mary says:

          Exactly. Like I told my children every action has a reaction it could be positive or negative you choose. Gibson obviously didn’t adhere to that philosophy.

      • M says:

        You were definitely the kid who went around saying you were going to sue everyone

    • M says:

      mightn’t? really?

      • TV Gord says:

        Is this how far we’ve sunk as a society that we’re trying to “shame” people for using proper grammar? Sad.

  3. Didn’t he used to have a Twitter account?

  4. Demented Daisy says:

    Shemar Moore already came forward and said that video was not about Thomas Gibson. Keep up, TVLine!

  5. Reality Check says:

    The network didn’t want to fire Gibson. Their hand was forced by that snitch writer that couldn’t forgive and forget. And, this garbage smear campaign is just to win over fans before the lawsuit. I don’t think it’s working. You know, Tom Hardy got sucker-punched by Shia LaBeouf on Lawless, but he didn’t try to get him fired. This is a real example of assault not some little kick. Guess what, nothing happened and life went on, because both guys worked it out. That’s how grown ups handle “creative disagreements” in show business. But at CM, some sissy writer can’t get over this kick. The franchise is done, the show is going to get cancelled and people are going to lose their jobs. Hope the so-called Chicago tough-guy is happy because he got what he wanted. Hope it was worth it … ‘cause you’re finished.

    • AJ says:

      So basically you think it’s okay for some to kick someone they disagree with? You should try that at work. Pretty sure you’d be out the door with assault charges to boot.

      • Reality Check says:

        Hollywood is NOT like a regular workplace. Egos, conflict, abuse, you name it. This is kind of important to understand. There are LOTS of these types of “disagreements” going on all the time, but everyone’s SMART enough not to make a big deal about it.

        • Ashley says:

          Are you saying this is a good thing? I take it you’re a fan of the casting couch tradition too? Just because something has occurred in the past doesn’t mean it should continue. Legally, assault is assault. And, rationally, your comments are ridiculous.

          • Reality Check says:

            I didn’t say it was a good thing. But, that’s just the way it is. Lucy Liu can beat the crap out of Bill Murray, Jared Leto can send used condoms to Margot Robbie (his co-stars), Faye Dunaway can throw a cup of urine at Roman Polanski on Chinatown. That’s assault/sexual harassment/assault (fitting considering what Polanski would do later). But, guess what, no one called the police and no one was fired. Now, here comes this writer with a Napoleon complex and he’s going to bring down a network over … a kick? This guy needs to change his diapers and grow-up. I mean I can’t believe how dumb this guy is … like, seriously dumb.

          • Simon Jester says:

            @RealityCheck – Believe me, the network isn’t “going down” because a tired procedural lost its leading man. Get a grip.

          • Reality Check says:

            How about this “…. cause a lot of headaches for the network …”? Better?

          • KCC says:

            @Reality Check – So someone beating the crap out of a co-worker, someone sending used condoms to a co-worker and someone throwing a cup of urine at her boss are the actions of adults? No action should be taken to hold them accountable for those actions because it’s business as usual in Hollywood? Talk about people that need to get their diapers changed and grow-up! Your defending of the status quo (if it is the status quo in Hollywood) is loathsome. Adults are people that take responsibility for their actions, not those that call others out for acting in abusive or hostile ways. While I don’t like using cliches this one fits: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Your attitude is part of a problem, not a defense of Thomas Gibson.

          • Reality Check says:

            Again, I’m not saying it’s right. But that’s just the way it is. If you want to survive, you better be smart enough to play by the rules.

        • stacy030 says:

          No, please!!! Tell us sooooooo much more about Hollywood. You are so smart and awesome.

          what else can celebrities get away with? You already mentioned assault as sexual harassment. How abou rape? Should some just STFU if a person is famous enough? You probably think so.

          • Reality Check says:

            Wow, I think you’re a little confused. Rape is very serious and shouldn’t be joked about.

    • Traci Foster says:

      Thank you for sticking up for our BAU Team. I will nolonger watch. They have been causing issues for sometime now to force our actors to be fired one by one they are being replaced for younger and cheeper actors now it is a Hit. It has changed the show. I will not watch a show of new actors ti benifit their needs.

      • Percysowner says:

        I don’t watch the show, so I don’t really care either way. It’s still true that producers don’t want actors to behave badly and don’t want to fire established cast members. They want to keep everything calm and keep the money rolling in.

    • Percysowner says:

      As a note, the producers had to know what a controversy letting Gibson go would cause. They also had to know that virtually no one knows who the writers are or if they stay or go. If they opted to fire Gibson and keep the writer, there was a good reason. You don’t upset your fanbase unless you think you really have to. Look how much bad behavior Charlie Sheen got away with on Two and A Half Men.

      They didn’t need to get rid of Gibson because of money, they just lost Shemar and his big salary. They would have preferred to just keep on the way they were with no controversy and not upsetting fans.

      BTW, people are not SISSIES for wanting to not be assaulted at work. That should be and is intolerable. Don’t be such a jerk about it.

      • A Goonie says:

        Exactly. People are acting like CBS and ABC are clueless as to what firing Gibson would mean to the show and to its ratings. No need to tweet the show, the cast, and the networks multiple times to tell them you won’t be watching the show anymore. The networks already know that. But as a recent article on Deadline said, there must have been a reason why Gibson was suspended then fired while the writer was not even after an investigation was made by ABC where the producers, cast, and crew members present during the altercation were interviewed.

    • David4 says:

      You are a disgusting human being.

    • Check Your Reality says:

      You’re kidding me with this, right?

      First, the show is 12 years old. Its golden years are long behind it anyway. Second, it’s survived other cast changes. Thomas Gibson’s furrowed brow and I’m-such-a-stoic-guy demeanor may not be as much of a loss as you’d like to think.

      Second, here’s a thought: If the studio fired the leading man on a 12-year-old show, maybe, just maybe they know more about it than someone who goes around the Internet calling someone a “sissy writer”? Maybe, just maybe, the actor with a DUI, two known incidents of being physically aggressive toward co-workers, and sending videos of himself in hot tubs to people who AREN’T his wife — maybe he’s not such an innocent party? Maybe the kick was the last straw, and if the studio was willing to risk firing him, maybe there’s more to it than what “sources” have leaked to TMZ to make Thomas look better?

      Maybe?

      • Barbara Myshrall says:

        I like Gibson (from the Dharma times to CM) but I cannot argue with what you just said @Check Your Reality. I mean, I’m not going to watch the show without him and Shemar, but you’re correct. It could go on and be even greater. I highly doubt it, but it could. And when you put it that way, it sure does sound like Gibson had it coming. Not sure why I feel sad about that.

      • Emme says:

        It’s about liabilities and how that’s going to hit the studios in the pocketbook, so, sorry the DUI and him being catfished/romancing another woman after he was separated from his wife has nothing to do with it. The DUI was not at work and didn’t seem to affect his work (no reports of that being so). Did you know Shemar Moore got a DUI also? I suppose they should have fire him, right, even though it didn’t effect his work? Also, I seem to recall RDJ had at least a half dozen off the job DUI/DWI incidents before the underwriters started getting gunshy about the guy. And yet it had to take a few more DUIs/DWIs before people started getting rather reluctant to work with him.
        And the video? He said his wife and him had been separated for about a year before he started pursuing catfish lady. Again, it didn’t interfere with his work, so his bosses don’t care. And if you really think they should care, then perhaps you should get up in arms about their BIG star Jaimie Alexander from Blindspot, because you better believe she was boffing her fiance while he was married to another woman. Yeah, he was separated, but I guess that doesn’t matter, right?
        Don’t get me wrong, I agree with the studio for firing Gibson because after the second occurrence of workplace violence, he did become a huge liability. If VW did decided to pursue the matter legally, chances are excellent that he would win and the studio would pay through the nose. And they still might have to do it if VW changes his mind in the near future.
        But let’s not confuse morality with Hollywood. People there get high, drink and drive, and bedhop all the time. As long as the pocketbooks aren’t effected, TPTB there aren’t going to give a crap about it.

    • Brigid says:

      If it was the first time maybe, but it was the second incident and a DUI. How many chances should he get? I blame Thomas Gibson for overreacting whether he instigated or the producer did.

  6. Jcave says:

    I say bring Thomas Gibson back to criminal minds. They are both to blame for the incident so why didn’t they fire both of them, a fight takes two people. I love the show.

  7. Angela says:

    Really going to miss you. You were the best on that TV show. Best of luck on you new endeavors.

  8. popeye013 says:

    Kind of arrogant the hashtag his own name in his own tweets!

    While i am disappointed this happened the way it did, he created this mess by being uncontrolled of himself! if reports that Virgil Williams was being provocative, it was on Thomas to walk away from the situation and for the EP onsite to step in and tell them both to stop!
    He didn’t walk away, he got volatile himself and then kicked VW
    if VW deserved that or not is besides the point, he assaulted someone in the workplace and that is going to be a sackable offence in any working environment!
    So no Mr. Gibson, you don’t get to sue, you don’t get to cry like it was all a big mistake because if you ‘love Criminal Minds’ as much as you proclaim, you would have remembered that before you put yourself into a position to get dismissed from your employment!
    Fact!

  9. Traci Foster says:

    After Shemar Moore was gone from CM I was seriously going to stop watching CM’S but was still watching the reruns, but now Tomas Gibson has been fired, that was the last straw. The ones that made the BAU and Criminal Minds continue to be replaced and forced out for many reasons. I am done. I will not sit back and watch a show that other made a hit and be replaced with new people now it is a hit. I will no longer watch Criminal Minds. The Show will now fail.

  10. Fran says:

    Since Patinkin, Gibson’s “Hotch” is the glue holding audience interest and thereby the program together. It is a BIG mistake to assume Gibson’s value to be insignificant or his contribution of so little value he may be removed entirely. No other character or performer currently in the cast is capable of being the linchpin in the CM group. During the hiatus without a “Hotch”, it is likely the show will lose considerable audience share. Poor judgement CBS and ABC studios.

  11. Ange says:

    I think when it all washes out it will end up being about money. He is/was the highest paid on set and for a show with a last minute renewal, I’m sure this was just an excuse used to cut cost.

  12. PatriciaLee says:

    Maybe, he’s a frustrated writer, one who has not had the time? If he has good writing ideas, don’t be giving them away for free on twitter!

    • Vanessa Ortiz says:

      But I will miss him he’s great on the show get the anger under control maybe he could come back and moore is not perfect either so shut it.

  13. Vanessa Ortiz says:

    People need to calm down it’s just a show not a big deal get a grip on life the guy has issues. He’s not the glue off the show if he really felt so much love for the show then meybe he would have been trying a lot harder to act like he vared about his dam job.

  14. SAM says:

    And I am sure that his co-worker was disappointed about being kicked.

  15. Whatevah8 says:

    So you posted what Shemar said even though he said it wasn’t about Gibson? Why? That makes it sound like it’s about Gibson. I still think this was done because CBS wants to save $$. This happened months ago. Why was it just leaked & first he was suspended and then fired? Very weird. I’m so disappointed by this. Hoch is the face of Criminal Minds.

    • Simon Jester says:

      “This happened months ago. Why was it just leaked & first he was suspended and then fired? Very weird.” — I would imagine because they needed time to conduct and investigation and interview the witnesses. Nothing remotely “weird” about it.

    • HH2 says:

      It’s not unheard of to suspend someone pending an internal investigation nor is it weird that someone is fired after an investigation finds there is cause for dismissal. The Deadline article linked above pretty much alludes that ABC, which produces the show, fired Gibson after an independent investigation into the incident was made.

      • C Tait says:

        The problem I have according to some reports they let him back on the set. They even filmed the opening credits. Then the news broke and he was fired. Why let him back on the set if they were going to fire him in the first place.?????

  16. Peter Rosen says:

    Regardless of what happened it still was a great show which is falling apart and i don’t think it will ever be the same.

  17. C Tait says:

    We are never going to know the full story. Yes he was wrong to kick out. And as so many have stated other actors have done far worse on the set and off the set before being sacked. And VW doesn’t sound like an angel either. My question is why have none of the other cast or crew pasted comment. Is it a case they have been told “keep you mouth shut or else”. This is Hollywood you can’t sneeze without it being reported some where and it has more leaks then a colander. That’s how this got out. So either way something not quite right here.

    • A Goonie says:

      It’s pretty suspicious too that not one of Gibson’s castmates commented on his firing. Gibson’s supporters on social media have been calling them out for not speaking up on his behalf. Personally I don’t think the cast and crew members are obligated to comment on the matter but given that some of them are pretty outspoken, it does seem a bit suspicious. Someone on the CM facebook page said there could have been a gag order from the networks and that’s the only possible explanation really at this point.

  18. M says:

    The end of the show

  19. Brenda D. Smith says:

    Has Criminal Minds lost their ever loving mind? We cannot lose Gibson also, PLEASE keep him on the show he is the anchor of the show.

  20. Elle says:

    Physical violence is NEVER OK, especially at the workplace. If Mr. Gibson is indeed guilty of kicking a staff member, and having been forced to attend anger management classes because of a previous incident – then this indicates a pattern…a pattern of abusiveness or as Shonda Rhimes may call it, “Diva Behaviour,” and sh’e made it clear there’s a zero tolerance policy for that on her shows. A star is not entitled to boorish behavour, or a self-entitled attutude. I’m not saying Mr. Gibson is guilty of these, but then again, those who lash out at co-workers, and those not their peers tend to be self-entitled. I am all for a zero tolerance policy for physical and verbal violence against co-works and outlandish diva behaviour. Mr. Gibson should learn a great lesson from this and save himself the legal fees. Another thing, Mr. Gibson should have been grateful to have had an acting position for such a long period and should have respected that with decent behaviour. I have a feeling…my gut is rarely wrong, that the Shemar Moore video was about Mr. Gibson. It should not have been deleted.

  21. Roger Jones says:

    I hope Dharma and Gregg returns.
    I only watched Criminal Minds because of Gibson anyhow.