Paget Brewster to Exit Criminal Minds

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The roller coaster ride of Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds appears to finally be ending: the actress is leaving the show at the end of this season.

Last year, Brewster's character of Emily Prentiss was initially killed off after the star left to film a pilot... only for her to be resurrected when that pilot did not make it to series. Now, however, with her contract up this summer, Brewster has made the decision to pursue new options.

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“After six wonderful years playing Emily Prentiss, I have decided it’s time for me to move on,” she said in a statement to Deadline. “As much as I will miss my Criminal Minds family, I am excited about the future and other opportunities."

Said Thomas Gibson, who is locked in to next season along with Joe Mantegna, Shermar Moore and AJ Cook: “We all love Paget and her character and will miss her greatly but I know that she will have continued great success.”

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I LOVE Criminal Minds. I'll miss Paget as Prentiss, but i do wish her well in whatever she chooses to do. Prentiss is one of my favorite characters. It pains me to see her leave. She died and came back and now all of a sudden she's leaving again, but I'm glad it's on her terms. and to all the hate she's getting for this, it's her choice, not the show's. And Gubler needs to be locked in. If anything he and Shemar make the show for me..


You know they could get rid of a other character as well like rossi


I love Paget Brewster and her character on CM. I am so sad to see her leave again. She is my favorite on the show but I like the entire cast, they're like a family. JJ's action scene was OK but I think Prentiss is much better at the kick-ass scenes. I think that's one of the reasons I love her so much!It is a roller coaster with her leaving, coming back, and leaving again but it wasn't her choice to leave and come back, she was made to because of her contract. So, now she's leaving on her own terms. You will greatly be missed, Paget! Good luck in your future endeavors and hope to see you in movies and another series!


What is going to happen with Matthew G. Gubler?? It didn't say he was locked into another season...I hope he isn't leaving as well...


The Guest star are the issue hell you don't even know half of them the issue with these season as someone has said there to many people They need to get rid of Rossi that way we back to the season 3 cast


Alright, it's time to kill this bitch off -- for good! Just kill her off and move on. And what an epic fail for Erica Messer who has lead a choppy season with lots of over-the-top storylines that don't even seem real plus the endless guest stars who take up all the screen time. We don't watch the show to see guest stars doesn't she understand that?! I'm happy for JJ becoming a profiler and I'm happy for Hotch in his new relationship. I couldn't stand Haley.


I'll miss emily, I'm glad she's going to be leaving on her own terms, rather than being let go by tptb. Honestly most of the cast is inconsequential the way its used. Wish they'd make better use of Reid, AND better use of Morgan rather than just the cute one-liners with Penelope. I'm not really interested in Hotch outside of work, and he and Penelope seem to be the only ones with that kind of story line. I'd love to see some visits with Reid and his psychiatrist, because you've got to know he has one....


It would be great ,if they bring back lola glaudini (Elle Greenaway)


see making JJ a profiler was a blessing


I was devastated when Emily's character was killed off last season. I love her character and the way the entire cast interacts with each other. The show won't be the same. I wish her well. I hope the show goes on its one of my favorites.

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