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Damon Gupton Joins 'Criminal Minds' as Series Regular After Thomas Gibson's Firing

CBS has announced it has added Damon Gupton as the newest series regular on the hit show Criminal Minds.

The 43-year-old actor will make his debut during the eighth episode of the current season 12.

Damon will portray Special Agent Stephen Walker, who will help the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) track down spies.

“Our BAU family is growing,” executive producer Erica Messer said in a statement. “We’re excited to have Damon join the show and work alongside our amazing cast and crew.”

Damon‘s new role comes after previous cast member Thomas Gibson was fired for allegedly kicking writer-producer Virgil Williams.

Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson Shares His Version of Story After Allegedly Kicking Writer

Thomas Gibson is speaking out with his side of the story after being fired from Criminal Minds for allegedly kicking writer-producer Virgil Williams.

“I feel like it took years to make a good reputation and a minute to damage it,” the 54-year-old actor told People. “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.’”

Later, Thomas said he was sharing what Virgil said with some other actors.

“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,” Thomas said.

“My pride and reputation are hurt, but in the end I know the good work is what people will remember. I just need more opportunities to do good work and be a good guy,” Thomas added.

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Fired 'Criminal Minds' Star Thomas Gibson Joins Twitter

Thomas Gibson is speaking out for the first time since he was fired from Criminal Minds.

The 54-year-old actor joined Twitter to connect with fans.

“I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support. I love Criminal Minds, & I’m disappointed by what’s happened #ThomasGibson,” Thomas tweeted. “I’m here on #Twitter so we can stay connected in the days to come, and talk directly with each other. #ThomasGibson”

He added, “The support you show means the world to me and my family. This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all. #ThomasGibson.”

Criminal Minds' Shemar Moore Posts Crypic Video After Co-Star Thomas Gibson's Firing

It seems like Shemar Moore may have thrown some shade at his former Criminal Minds co-star Thomas Gibson.

The 46-year-old actor posted a rather cryptic video about “karma” after Thomas was fired from the show.

“Lot of birdies chirping out there; the gossip is real,” Shemar said in the since-deleted video. “I’ll just say this: I believe in karma. Good things happen to good people. Honest people. Hard-working people. Humble people. People who believe in basic goodness…Treat people how you expect them to treat you. Celebrate yourself and celebrate your blessings, as you should, but just know that you’re not better than anybody.”

You can see the deleted video below, which was posted by a fan:

Thomas Gibson Hires Lawyer After 'Criminal Minds' Firing

Thomas Gibson has hired a lawyer after his dismissal from his television show Criminal Minds.

The 54-year-old actor was fired from the show after he kicked a writer in the shin.

Thomas has hired litigator Skip Miller’s law firm, Miller Barondess, to represent him. Us Weekly reports that the firm will determine if Thomas should file suit against producers for his removal from the show.

Thomas had starred on the show since the beginning in 2005 in the role of FBI special agent Aaron Hotchner.

Thomas Gibson Officially Fired from 'Criminal Minds'

Thomas Gibson has officially been fired from the CBS crime series Criminal Minds after he kicked a writer in the shin.

The 54-year-old actor was suspended for one-to-two episodes following the on-set altercation, which happened during an episode he was directing as well.

Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds. Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date,” CBS TV Studios and ABC Studios announced in a joint statement on Friday (August 12).

Thomas has been on Criminal Minds since its debut in 2005 and this isn’t the first time he has been in an on-set altercation. He previously hit an assistant director and had to undergo anger management counseling.

UPDATE: Here is the statement that Thomas released to TMZ: “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.”