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Will Thomas Gibson Return to Criminal Minds?

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Despite the overwhelmingly well-received news that A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster will be back as series regulars next season, Criminal Minds fans may have to reconcile with another major casting shakeup involving one of the show's leads.

With shooting set to begin next month, CBS and Thomas Gibson appear to be at an impasse in negotiations to bring Hotchner back for season seven this fall.

Matthew Gray Gubler (Reid) spoke with E! Online at the Monte Carlo TV Festival this week and weighed in on the situations with Gibson, Brewster and Cook:

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Emily (Brewster), Reid (Gubler) and Hotch (Gibson) on Criminal Minds.

On whether Gibson will be back: "I honestly have no idea, I hope so. I love Thomas, I think Hotch is important to the show, but Hollywood is a strange place."

On who would take over in Hotch's place: "Emily (Brewster), I think, would take over as the chief, or Rossi (Joe Mantegna). We do have a lot of characters."

I don't know what they'd do. It would suck but they'd figure something out."

On the ladies' return: "We lost Paget Brewster and A.J. Cook for no reason at all, on just on a whim, and that is sort of offensive to me because they're my friends."

"They did a good job, and the fans liked them. At the same time I understand we are all grownups and six years ago we signed contracts that said they could fire us."

"So while I don't like it, I think there are bigger things to worry about in life. Japan, for example had a huge [tsunami] and has a nuclear mess on its hands."

On whether this caused on-set tension: "No tension, but it makes it harder because for six years we've functioned as a unit and then suddenly it's different."

"These are my best friends in life, these actors, so losing them changed everything. And so I'm so glad that the band is back together now."

"I hope that Thomas doesn't leave. I think Rachel [Nichols] will leave. Which is sad, she's a nice girl... it was a tough position she came into but like I said it's a strange situation."

"It's Hollywood. But I know that just because she's not on the show doesn't mean I won't talk to her, she's a friend and I know I'll speak with her on the weekends."

"All I know is we're going to try to keep on maintaining. The spirit on set is very jovial. I think because it's such a dark show we have to find things to laugh about."

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Thomas Gibson please please don't leave CRIMINAL MINDS please stay for season 7 because when I watch CRIMINAL MINDS you are my favorite character that you play as Agent Aaron Hotchner and I won't be very happy if you leave CRIMINAL MINDS so don't leave CRIMINAL MINDS.

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if he does not come back i would be SO mad i been wa tching the show for six years though the ups nd downs i love the case REID & MORGANS BIGGEST FAN

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I am a fan and i believe that some shows are bigger than characters and i love Hotch but the stories are so much bigger than him. I know fans get attached to xters but in a country like America where even sports events are rated for commercial purposes, Thomas leaving may lead to the death of a terrific show. Hope he stays just for the sake of another season.
What happens if a xter dies in real life? Would the scripts be buried with him?

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First of all i would like to say that NO HOTCH, NO WATCH!!! thomas gibson is my favorite character and tv star. if he left criminal minds, i would cry! ive watched every episode at least 5 times if not more. Also, im thomas gibsons BIGGEST fan!!! if i got the chance to meet any famous person, i would choose thomas gibson without giving it a second thought. thomas fits criminal minds and it wouldnt be the same without him so please do not takew him off, if for nothing else so i wont cry. most of all put him back on cm for the show all of his fans and MY sake!!!

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First of all i would like to say that NO HOTCH NO WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thomas gibson is my favorite character and tv star. Also, i love criminal minds and he fits on it so i would cry if he left! if i got the chance to meet any star in the world, my choice would so be thomas gibson!!! Im his BIGGEST fan!!!! Criminal minds is a great show and would be messed up if "Hotch" left, so please do anything you can to bring him back on the show for all of his fans and MY sake!!!

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Why are you guys blaming CBS when its the fans that are the issue

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Criminal Minds is a great show. Thomas Gibson is a big part of its success. I hope he returns.

Tiva

I think he will come back. but if he leaves I don't think the show will last without him. but NCIS and Criminal minds are my favorite shows on CBS they both have best characters and the actors should be paid well. they did this last year they did this last year to some of the NCIS cast and they all came back. I think TG will be back as well.

Blu

As disgusted as I am with the CBS suits they can't be responsible for TG's departure if negotiations don't work out. I'm a tad more cynical because the productions seem to be shockingly inflexible this year which has lead to the surprising departures of many actors of varioous shows on nearly all the networks. I don't know what he's asking for but I fear that if he doesn't bite the bullet he'll be out. If that happens though I don't see where MGG is getting that Emily of all people will take over. She's low on the totem pole as far as seniority goes. I would guess that it'd be between Morgan who is senior agent, Rossi who has his own form of seniority, and as off putting as it would be to me, JJ because of her alleged new skillset and the fact that she's equipped to juggle an administrative job. I remember thinking the show wouldn't survive after Gideon's departure but it did. I wouldn't want to see Hotch gone but if it were to happen I think things could still work somehow.It was fine w/o JJ,Em.

Sue-ann

It reaches the heights of ridiculous when the drama regarding the cast exceeds the drama regarding the stories, on a show about vicious killers. I like Mr. Gibson, but not his character, so much. However, I loathe the character portrayed by Ms. Brewster, so I hope Mr. Gibson comes back. However, this is ridiculous. CBS looks less competent all the time. I am beginning to wonder why they are the most watched network.

Criminal Minds Quotes

Hotch: A sniper can wait up to 72 hours without sleeping.
Mays: Seriously?
Rossi: That's part of their training. They can stay awake for 72 hours and remain completely focused on their target.
Mays: How?
Hotch: By using a mental exercise called "fantasy integration". A sniper creates a scenarios involving a target that keeps that person at the forefront of their mind.
Morgan: Often they'll imagine a place where they're with the target, doing something together that takes time. For example, building a car.
JJ: For some, the fantasy begins the minute they're assigned a target. Then nothing will distract them.

Thomas Merton once wrote "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another."

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