Gibson, who played Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, was fired from the procedural after he allegedly kicked a producer while filming the upcoming 12th season.
Now, Gibson says the on-set incident was blown out of proportion:
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. He said, ‘Sorry, it’s necessary, and I absolutely have to have it.’ ” [He] started coming towards me. As he brushed past me, my foot came up and tapped him on the leg. 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.”
Gibson says his pride was hurt as a result:
It seems like they’re trying to erase me from the show. That hurts. … My pride and reputation are hurt, but in the end I know the good work is what people will remember. I just need more opportunities to do good work and be a good guy.”
Season 12 of Criminal Minds premieres on September 28th.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Criminal Minds? Will you watch without Thomas Gibson?