Thomas Gibsonis known for his role asAaron Hotchner on "Criminal Minds."He has been in the role of the investigator since 2005 when the show premiered. Sadly he released this statement toTMZthis morning: "I loveCriminal Mindsand have put my heart and soul into it for the last twelve years. I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won't be possible now. I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers and actors, our amazing crew, and, most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have."

Suspension turns into termination

Originally it was announced that Thomas Gibson was facing a two episode suspension due to an altercation on the set during the taping of a season 12 show.

While directing a scene, he had kicked a writer/co-executive producer when they had a disagreement over the scene. Unfortunately, this is not the first time his anger has gotten the best of him on the set.A few years ago there was a similar instance where he struck a fellow member of the crew. That incident led him to attend Anger Management classes.

The show is produced by ABC but aired on CBS. The statement issued by the two networks said: "Thomas Gibson has been dismissed fromCriminal Minds.Creative details for how the character's exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date."

What does this mean for the 12th season?

It'sthe second highest rated drama on CBS.

The viewing audience is the important 18-49 age bracket. Unfortunately another cast member, Shemar Moore left the show in March. The writers now have two long-term cast members leavingto deal with, as well as the recent additions of Wilmer Valderrama and Aisha Tyler. There will be lots of changes in the 12th season which premiers on September 28th.

A fellow member of theCriminal Mindsfamily recently said, "Thomas is the most kindhearted family man.

He's a great father, takes care of his mom and spends as much time with his kids as possible. He's a great guy, and I hate that this minor disagreement is what people are hearing about him."

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