The Most Dramatic TV Exits of All Time

In light of Thomas Gibson's announcement that he's leaving Criminal Minds, we're taking a look at other surprising TV departures


In August 2016, the Criminal Minds actor was fired after an alleged physical altercation one of the show's writers. While Gibson is expected to appear in the first few episodes of season 12, his character will be written out of the show – no word as to what creative details will taken. Following the news of Gibson's departure, the actor made a statement to PEOPLE: "I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 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."