[identity profile] eiko82.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] criminalxminds
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/thomas-gibson-criminal-minds-firing-previous-incidents-1201836799/

"The actor was fired by “Criminal Minds” producers ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios following an internal investigation of an on-set fight in which Gibson allegedly kicked writer-producer Virgil Williams during production of an episode that Gibson was directing."

I'm not okay with physical violence and given this was the second time, I'm glad that ABC and CBS made this decision. Still, I'll miss Hotch on the show.

Date: Aug. 19th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wagrobanite.livejournal.com
Except he was defending himself... Virgil is a huge giant douche and a bully and from witnesses he was coming after Thomas. It's not the first time Virgil's had problems either. He had issues when he worked on ER in 2006. Other people at CM have said he's a bully and boasts all the time how he's an MMA fighter. Not to mention he makes sexist comments and jokes about rape (how it's okay, etc). So Virgil isn't a saint in all of this. Frankly it got blown way out of proportion by him and I'm glad Thomas is looking into legal options.

Date: Aug. 20th, 2016 07:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] liliaeth
Honestly, considering the role Gibson has on the show, as compared to Virgil, I'm going to assume that Gibson had a lot more against him than just those two altercations he got in.

White men like Gibson tend to get away with a lot of crap, and it takes a lot before a studio would dare fire someone at Gibson's level. So if they did fire him, and especially this publicly, in a way that will give the writers a lot of trouble in writing him out, they must have really wanted to get rid of him.
Edited Date: Aug. 20th, 2016 07:31 am (UTC)

Date: Aug. 19th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blythechild.livejournal.com
Violence is unacceptable in a creative environment. Gibson already has a history of this, and Virgil is a douchebag. If the story is true that they both went at it, and it was serious enough to fire Gibson over, they should have let Williams go too. Rewarding one bully over another is stupid.

Date: Aug. 19th, 2016 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlemissnovel.livejournal.com
Rewarding one bully over another is stupid.

Agree wholeheartedly with this. Which leads me to wonder what else the producers also messed up and if they mismanaged the show as well? I do hope that CBS television studios also fire Virgil Williams since he's not innocent in this as well.

I'll miss seeing Hotch on tv.

Date: Aug. 20th, 2016 07:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] liliaeth
I'll miss seeing Hotch too, but I seriously doubt Gibson's innocence in any of this

to quote what someone responded to my post about this on tumblr:

"Also, not saying I have any personal knowledge of the show or the people involved, but just saying HYPOTHETICALLY…..people who have two instances of physical altercations on a set often have more strikes against them than just those….its just that the other strikes probably weren’t of a sufficient degree to warrant headlines. But again….hypothetically….someone who’s gotten violent at least twice in his workplace probably has a history of being moody, aggressive or otherwise antagonistic, because those kind of blow-ups don’t just pop up out of nowhere. And especially with a long-running show that’s gone through major staffing shake-ups in the last couple years, both in front of the camera and behind it, the actor in question might not have as many supporters as he once did and there might be a lot more people around who were less willing to put up with shit.

Also, Hollywood is a small town and everyone in it knows pretty much everything that goes on in it, because the very nature of networking is no matter what level of the town’s power structure you’re on, you know people all over the place. So you better believe if a lead actor who’s been on a show for over ten years has a reputation on that set….everyone else in Hollywood already knows that reputation. Which means his people would be fighting very hard for him to keep his job because they know its not going to be easy placing him elsewhere.

Which means if they can’t leverage ten + years worth of fanbase and long-running/long-building storylines into enough of a reason to keep him, people at that show REALLY wanted him gone. And were so justified in wanting him gone, his people couldn’t go above their heads to the network itself, aka the people who aren’t on set everyday.

But again. Hypothetically."

Date: Aug. 21st, 2016 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayajedi.livejournal.com
I will be honest. Thomas's portrayal of Hotch is what made the show for me plus Garcia and JJ etc. If he is not on anymore it is going to upset the dynamic and i am not sure that I will watch much of next season

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