Criminal Minds: Damon Gupton Departs After One Season!

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Damon Gupton is out of Criminal Minds after a single season in the role of Supervisory Special Agent Stephen Walker. 

The star essentially confirmed the news on Twitter when he commented on an inspiring tweet. 

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"Wanted to let you know I appreciate this as I just lost my job. You throwing out the 1st pitch is pure class and a monumental image."

This sent Twitter into overdrive as fans questioned whether the news was true. Criminal Minds has a knack for getting rid of regulars at the drop of a hat. 

Gupton was drafted in following the controversial departure of Thomas Gibson's exit from the CBS crime solver.

That said, Gupton may not be the only series regular departing the series. 

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If you watch Criminal Minds online, you will already know that the fate of many characters was left in limbo as Mr. Scratch had an 18-wheeler plow into the two SUVs filled with BAU agents. 

AJ Cook and Kirsten Vangsness have yet to sign a deal for Season 13, but word on the street is that they will not be signing anything until they are offered salary parity with their co-stars. 

It's not much to ask when you consider how long of them have been on the show. Also, they are very popular characters with fans. 

The series would not be the same if both of them left, so we're hoping the ladies get their wish and are paid in line with their co-stars. 

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With age, shows get more expensive. That could be holding up the talks. 

Also not helping matters, Criminal Minds Season 12 slipped over 20 percent in the adults 18-49 demo. 

It does still rank as one of the better performing series on the network, but down is down and the erosion is unlikely to stop next season. 

Fans voiced their displeasure before the season even kicked off when it was revealed Thomas Gibson had been let go after an altercation on set. 

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Production should be getting underway in the coming weeks on Season 13, so unless there is a deal in place, AJ and Kirsten may miss out the first batch of episodes. 

What do you think of Damon Gupton's departure? Would you still watch if AJ and Kirsten departed?

Sound off below!

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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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.

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.