There have been plenty of rumors and gossip surrounding Thomas Gibson’s firing from Criminal Minds earlier in the summer. It is far from the first incident involving the actor on the show, but this time seemed to cross a line. Gibson joined Twitter not long after his firing, mostly to address his fans and apologize for the altercation on the set, but now he’s speaking with People to give his version of what happened that night.
The situation involves writer Virgil Williams and as Gibson puts it, he feels “like it took years to make a good reputation and a minute to damage it“:
“We were shooting a scene late one night when I went to Virgil and told him there was a line that I thought contradicted an earlier line,” says Gibson. “He said, ‘Sorry, it’s necessary, and I absolutely have to have it…
“He came into that room and started coming towards me. As he brushed past me, my foot came up and tapped him on the leg,” Gibson recalls. “If I hadn’t moved, he would have run into me. We had some choice words, for which I apologized the next day, and that was it. It was over. We shot the scene, I went home – and I never got to go back.”
As for his status on the series, he will still appear in the first two episodes of this season and the network told people in a statement that they will reveal the “creative details” on how his character will be removed in the near future. According to Gibson, “It seems like they’re trying to erase me from the show. That hurts.”
He also expanded on the alleged rivalry between himself and Shemar Moore stemming from their time on the show. Moore posted a murky video on social media discussing karma following Gibson’s dismissal, but it would seem that any trouble they had might be in the past:
“Shemar and I did have disagreements early on. People work differently and have different priorities, but we are like brothers and worked through it,” says Gibson, 54. “I was so happy to direct the three-episode arc that was written to send him off, with hugs and kisses [at the end of last season].”
You can check out the full interview in People. Gibson now claims he might be returning to comedy or the stage, but he definitely is seeking more opportunities to be “a good guy.”