Gibson was also included in the Criminal Minds opening credits, though the preview for next Wednesday’s episode -- his last on the show -- failed to offer any hints as to how Hotchner would be written off or whether or not he would be definitively killed off.
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Gibson was fired from Criminal Minds in August after he allegedly kicked writer-producer Virgil Williams during an on-set altercation. The 54-year-old actor, who has been with the crime drama since its 2005 debut, claimed in a September interview that he actually “tapped” Williams on the leg as he was “coming towards” him.
"We were shooting a scene late one night when I went to Virgil and told him there was a line that I thought contradicted an earlier line," Gibson told People. "He said, 'Sorry, it's necessary, and I absolutely have to have it.'"
"As he brushed past me, my foot came up and tapped him on the leg," he continued. "If I hadn't moved, he would have run into me. We had some choice words, for which I apologized the next day, and that was it. It was over. We shot the scene, I went home -- and I never got to go back."
Gibson also expressed his unhappiness over how the show is handling his exit this season. ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios said in a joint statement announcing Gibson’s firing in August that “creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show” would come “at a later date.”
“It seems like they’re trying to erase me from the show. That hurts,” he said. “But I’m using this time to be with my kids, and I look forward to what’s next.”