Thomas Gibson is finally ready to talk about what happened on the set of “Criminal Minds.”
The actor opened up in this week’s issue of PEOPLE about the altercation that ended with his dismissal from the show.
“I feel like it took years to make a good reputation and a minute to damage it,” he said.
In July, Gibson was filming the second episode of season 12 when he got into a dispute with one of the show’s writers and producers, Virgil Williams.
“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 said. “He said, ‘Sorry, it’s necessary, and I absolutely have to have it.'”
Gibson later returned to the set and was sharing details of the conversation with some of his castmates when Williams walked into the room.
“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,” Gibson revealed. “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 was initially given a two-week suspension before his final dismissal from the show. He will appear in the show, but there is no word on how his character will be handled for the remainder of the season.
In a statement in August, the studio revealed that they were still working out a plan to deal with Gibson’s departure.
“Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date,” the wrote.
“It seems like they’re trying to erase me from the show. That hurts. But I’m using this time to be with my kids, and I look forward to what’s next,” Gibson said; he is a father of three. “Maybe I’ll do a comedy, or a play, or direct, or produce.”
“My pride and reputation are hurt, but in the end, I know the good work is what people will remember,” he continued. “I just need more opportunities to do good work and be a good guy.”