Criminal Minds‘ revolving door will remain active in the weeks following Thomas Gibson’s exit.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the long-running CBS drama is looking to add two new series regulars in the wake of Gibson’s controversial firing, with one of the characters eyed to succeed Hotchner as team leader. Details on the other role are being kept under wraps for now.
Earlier this month, Gibson 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. At the time of his recent dismissal, the actor — who is said to be exploring his legal options — said in a 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.”
Gibson’s ouster — and the impending new additions — come as the series was already in a state of transition following last spring’s departure of original cast member Shemar Moore. Other changes include Adam Rodriguez’s full-time arrival as Alvez, Paget Brewster’s short-term return as Prentiss and Aisha Tyler’s promotion to series regular as Dr. Tara Lewis.
Criminal Minds‘ 12th season bows Wednesday, Sept. 28.