While Thomas Gibson has given brief statements regarding the end of his time on “Criminal Minds,” today marks the first time that the actor has spoken out in-death about what happened between him and co-executive producer / writer Virgin Williams that led to his dismissal from the show. The initial reports that came out suggested that it was an altercation on set, one that involved Gibson allegedly “kicking” Williams, that led to his firing.
Now, Gibson has shared his side where he claims that the story has been exaggerated over time from what initially happened. Speaking to People Magazine, here is what he had to say:
“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 … He said, ‘Sorry, it’s necessary, and I absolutely have to have it.'”
Gibson claims he then went to tell some other members of the cast of Williams’ response when he re-entered the picture:
“He came into that room and started coming towards me. As he brushed past me, my foot came up and tapped him on the leg … 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.”
Ultimately, we weren’t there and therefore cannot really produce an accurate account of what was said in the moment, but the show is losing one of its anchors in Gibson and it will be interesting to see how it moves forward from that. Gibson claims that he is open to doing just about anything in the wake of his exit from the show, but it is not entirely clear just yet what is coming up around the bend.
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