Thomas Gibson was an affable ad executive in Dharma and Greg and a hardcore behavioral scientist in Criminal Minds, but behind the scenes, Gibson was reportedly one who was perhaps not as easy to get along with as it may have seemed.
Thomas Gibson was axed from Criminal Minds this week following an on-set altercation between himself and some writers and producers on the show. It was reportedly not the first time that Gibson had been involved in physical altercations with executives on a television show.
This was possibly the third time Gibson had been involved in a physical altercation with executives on the show, which reportedly led to his firing. According to Deadline, actor Shemar Moore posted an Instagram video where he seems to have alluded to the firing of Gibson.
"Treat people how you expect them to treat you," Moore says at one point in the video. "Celebrate yourself and celebrate your blessings — as you should — but just know that you’re not better than anybody.”
The video has since been deleted from Moore's account.
Sources close to Gibson suggest that perhaps too much focus is being given to the physical altercation between Gibson and one of the show's execs.
“He’s a great father, takes care of his mom and spends as much time with his kids as possible," reports a source close to Gibson, according to Entertainment Weekly. "He flies home every weekend to San Antonio to be with his kids after working 12-to-15 hour days during the week. I hate that this minor disagreement is what people are hearing about him.”
While there is little doubt that Gibson himself might regret his kicking of a Criminal Minds executive, he is off the show, effective immediately, and show runners have assured their fans that there will be a creative explanation to outline why Hotch is no longer a part of the BAU.
Gibson was known for being somewhat mercurial on set, according to Variety, and things were tense enough that at one point, following Gibson's shoving of executive producer Ian Woolf, Gibson was recommended to attend anger management counseling. The kicking of writer-producer Virgil Williams was essentially the straw that broke the camel's back, as it were.
Also weighing heavily on the executives' minds was Gibson's DUI in 2013, and between the three incidents, producers decided it was time to let Gibson go.
In Gibson's statement to Variety, he seemed remorseful for his actions that ultimately led to his dismissal.
“I love 'Criminal Minds' and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 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, actors, our amazing crew, and, most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have.”
It remains to be seen how writers will explain Gibson's sudden disappearance, as Gibson has already gotten two episodes of the new season in the can. There have also been some comparisons made to Gibson's firing and that of Charlie Sheen a few years ago. Unlike Sheen, though, Gibson's firing was a direct result of the physical violence he'd engaged in prior to his firing from Criminal Minds.
Criminal Minds premieres September 28.