Jennifer Love Hewitt to Exit Criminal Minds

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Jennifer Love Hewitt is leaving Criminal Minds.

The actress, who joined the long-running CBS drama on Season 10, is pregnant in real life and asked producers to write her character out in order for her to spend more time at home with her family.

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Kate - Criminal Minds

And this is exactly what took place on Criminal Minds Season 10 Episode 23, as Kate Callahan tendered her resignation to Hotch following a near-tragedy involving her niece Meg.

Like the woman who portrays her, Callahan is pregnant on the series.

“There was an opportunity there to write towards the truth,” showrunner Erica Messer tells EW.

“Jennifer wanted to be able to give this second baby everything she gave her first, and that’s taking time off to be a full-time mom."

Might Hewitt return in some capacity at some point? It's possible, Messer said.

But she's contemplating a "revolving door” approach at the moment to fill this new BAU vacancy, though it's likely a new series regular will eventually come on board.

Criminal Minds has already been picked up for Season 11 by CBS.

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Criminal Minds Quotes

Reid: There's an old Buddhist saying that, when you meet your soulmate, remember that the act to bring you together was 500 years in the making. So always appreciate and be kind to each other.
Lewis: That's lovely.
Reid: There's a corollary for friends. When you meet a true friend, you will be bound together though space and time for 500 years.

They mess you up, your mom and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had, and add some extra, just for you - Philip Larkin.

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