2:51pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Thomas Gibson Speaks Out on 'Criminal Minds' Firing: "I'm Disappointed by What's Happened"
Thomas Gibson is beefing up his social media presence in the wake of his firing from Criminal Minds.
The actor, who on Friday was dismissed from the CBS procedural after an alleged on-set altercation with a writer, joined Twitter on Tuesday and proceeded to post a series of tweets about the situation.
I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support. I love "Criminal Minds," & I'm disappointed by what's happened #ThomasGibson— Thomas Gibson (@ImThomasGibson) August 16, 2016
The support you show means the world to me and my family. This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all. #ThomasGibson— Thomas Gibson (@ImThomasGibson) August 17, 2016
Although the account has not yet been verified by Twitter, Gibson's rep confirms the account belongs to the actor.
Gibson was initially dismissed for two episodes after the altercation, which allegedly took place during the production of an upcoming episode, which he was directing. However, a day after news of his suspension leaked, CBS and ABC Studios issued a statement announcing his departure from the drama, on which he had starred since its 2005 launch.
Shortly thereafter, Gibson issued his own statement declaring his "love" for the drama. "I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won't be possible now," he said. "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."
Gibson has since hired a Los Angeles law firm to pursue possible legal claims against the show's producers.
According to CBS and ABC Studios, details about how Gibson's character will be written out of the show will be "addressed at a later date." The actor was one of just three original series regulars left on Criminal Minds, which has remained a solid performer for CBS despite its increasing age. Gibson follows longtime regular Shemar Moore, who left toward the end of last season. In addition to newcomer Adam Rodriguez, the series also will welcome back former series regular Paget Brewster for an arc.
Gibson had been under contract for all of the forthcoming 12th season. This was the second incident for Gibson during the course of the series; he pushed another producer several years years ago and had to attend anger management classes, though he was not suspended.