E! News has confirmed Thomas Gibson has been fired from the series Criminal Minds.
Gibson, 54, has played fan-favorite Aaron Hotchner since the show debuted in 2005, and was suspended in July after kicking a writer over “creative differences” while working on an episode he was directing. He had not been on set for the last two weeks.
Gibson’s departure comes after the exit of Shemar Moore, another original cast member, at the end of last season, who said he wanted to focus on having a family after playing Derek Morgan for 11 seasons. Magic Mike star Adam Rodriguez is set to make his debut as a series regular as a new special agent, while Aisha Tyler has been promoted to a series regular for the upcoming season after recurring as Dr. Tara Lewis throughout season 11. Plus, fan-favorite Paget Brewster is set to reprise the role of Prentiss for an episode.