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Fired ‘Criminal Minds’ star Thomas Gibson lawyers up

By Madeleine Marr

mmarr@miamiherald.com

CBS

Can we say huge loss?

First we thought Thomas Gibson was just suspended from CBS drama Criminal Minds after an altercation on set.

The actor released a statement after news broke Thursday that the 54-year-old TV vet had allegedly kicked a writer over a script issue.

“There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred,” Gibson said in a statement. "We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and we always will.”

But he never got that chance. The former Chicago Hope and Dharma & Greg star has been axed, TMZ first reported.

A statement released by ABC and CBS Television Studios to People confirmed the state of affairs on the long running crime drama.

“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds,” it read. “Creative details for how the character's exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”

The fallen star then responded in a statement of his own: “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.”

Hotch: Keeping it classy until the end.

Many Facebook users to a Page Six post weren’t happy.

Among the comments:

“There goes Criminal Minds down the toilet... They wrote the show’s own death sentence!!!”

Other had issue with the victim:

“So the writer/producer had a tantrum because Gibson kicked them? And he was fired? Wow! Talk about thin skinned! People have been punched out in Hollywood and still kept the actors. This is beyond childish.”

Yep: CM fans on social media was basically in an uproar. Not a good way to start the weekend.

Details on how his character, an FBI agent, will be written out “will be announced at a later date,” the studios said, according to the AP.

On Monday, Skip Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Miller Barondess confirmed to ET that his firm is representing the actor.

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