He was fired from “Criminal Minds” — now he’s responding AP Photo/Rene Macura
Thomas Gibson, right, listens as Paget Brewster, left, answers questions about the CBS television drama "Criminal Minds," in which they both star, during an informal news conference at the 2007 CBS Winter Press Tour, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)

Actor Thomas Gibson was fired from the cast of CBS’s “Criminal Minds” Friday after a physical altercation took place on the set two weeks ago came to light this week.

“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds,” ABC Studios and CBS Studios released in a statement to reporters.  “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”

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Gibson released a statement Friday, representing his side of the story:

I love “Criminal Minds” and have put my heart and soul into it for the last twelve 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.

Deadline reports that Gibson’s character, BAU Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, will be written off the show.

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