The TL;DR version of Thomas Gibson’s side is basically: I DIDN’T KICK HIM! HIS LEG RAN INTO MY FOOT!
Thomas Gibson’s contract with Criminal Minds was declared null and void last month and he was immediately fired after he allegedly kicked writer-producer Virgil Williams during an on-set fight. It reportedly wasn’t the first time that Thomas acted a wreck during a fight with a co-worker. He allegedly pushed assistant director Ian Woolf during a fight in 2010. Thomas hired lawyers and has been thinking of suing CBS and ABC Studios for wrongly firing him. Thomas was reportedly going to argue that he kicked Virgil in self-defense, but he told a different story to People. Thomas told his side and parts of his side sound like they’re covered in a layer of shit out of a bull’s culo.
On the night of July 26, they were shooting a scene for the second episode of the new season when Thomas told Virgil that there was a particular line in the script that he felt contradicted an earlier line. Virgil disagreed and told him that the line had to stay. Thomas was frustrated about keeping the line and when he went back to the set, he told his cast mates about it and that’s when Virgil came in. The story is that Thomas kicked Virgil, but Thomas says that Virgin walked into his foot. Caution: Forty waves of I CAN’T ahead:
“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.”
After that accidental leg brushing, Thomas was suspended for two weeks as the network investigated and was later fired. The Hot Tub Lothario knows that now he’s got a reputation as a throbbing ass pimple of rage, but he’s hoping to prove that he’s not like that and is easy to work with:
“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. 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. I just need more opportunities to do good work and be a good guy.”
If Thomas wanted to prove that the kick was accidental and he’s not a hard-to-work-with asshole, he should’ve just said, “You see, I was frustrated about Virgil not wanting to cut the line and one way I let off steam is by Riverdancing. Irish step dancing is not only a stress reliever for me, it’s also something I teach to orphans on the weekends. As I was Irish step dancing, Virgil walked into the room and when I did one of my high kicks – I do them very well, by the way – he walked into my foot! It was an accident! Sadly now that I’m out of a job, I had to pick up a shift at the Coffee Bean on the weekends and can’t teach the orphans how to Riverdance anymore.”