Thomas Gibson Is Suspended From ‘Criminal Minds’ For Kicking A Coworker

As it turns out, kicking your coworkers isn’t the best way to create an inclusive work environment. Thomas Gibson was suspended from Criminal Minds for kicking a producer in the leg. Sources from the CBS show confirmed to TMZ that Gibson got into an argument with someone on set while directing and acting in a scene and proceeded to kick them. The 54-year-old actor was suspended for at least one episode and his status on Criminal Minds is now “under review.”

Deadline reports the person slightly assaulted at the Los Angeles studio a few weeks ago was co-executive producer Virgil Williams. Human resources is handling the altercation, and Gibson’s directing role may be taken away altogether. The show is currently filming Season 12 and Gibson has directed six episodes so far.

Although it seems like the show can’t really carry on without Gibson playing Aaron Hotchner, his character has been written out of the show while he’s suspended, and the rest of the cast and crew will continue filming. I guess it’s times for Hotchner to take an extended trip that keeps him away from his job at the FBI, though you know he’ll be checking his email every hour.

The actor says he only kicked his coworker after they became aggressive. “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement,” Gibson told TMZ. “I regret that it occurred. We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and always will.” CBS has not publicly commented on the incident.

Gibson has played Hotchner since Criminal Minds first started in 2005, and apparently, this wasn’t his first physical outburst on set. According to Deadline, he allegedly pushed another producer a few years ago. He wasn’t suspended that time, but did attend anger management classes (which have apparently worn off and may need to be repeated).

The new season is set to return to CBS Sept. 28, and it may contain a lot less Hotchner. His fellow FBI profilers will likely be a little lost without the guidance of their fearless leader while hunting gruesome serial killers across the country, but they’ll eventually find their way. Hopefully Gibson can return to the show at some point and keep his kicking to a minimum, because we need all the great analytical minds working together to keep us safe from the fictional, but very twisted, murderers out there.