Thomas Gibson’s character on Criminal Minds always tried to remain calm, cool and collected while dealing with intense situations. However, the actor seemingly wasn’t able to do the same in his own professional life. Back in December 2010, Gibson “allegedly shoved” assistant director Ian Woolf “during a late-night location shoot,” according to Variety. Apparently, the “incident rattled staffers because it appeared to mark an escalation of on-set tension for Gibson.” Those who worked on the show were supposedly “surprise[d] that he didn’t face harsher discipline from ABC Studios, the lead production entity on the show.” In fact, he was merely sent to anger management classes … which might not have worked.
In 2016, Gibson was suspended from the show for reportedly kicking a writer in the leg. The actor claimed what he did was “in retaliation” after the writer had shown “aggressive” behavior toward him. “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred,” Gibson told TMZ. “We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and always will.”
A source who spoke to Page Six seemed to back up Gibson’s side of the story, saying that the incident actually involved co-executive producer Virgil Williams, who “is a boxer and a martial artist, he’s no angel.” The insider added that “Williams allegedly instigated the incident” and “got very aggressive.” Granted, that didn’t save Gibson from being fired after what had gone down.