This poor, poor writer to have to deal with the verbal — and physical — abuse of Thomas Gibson!
Virgil Williams, a writer for the CBS drama Criminal Minds, spoke to a group of students at Ghetto Film School Los Angeles during a recent visit, and in the process of discussing the process of making television, he also revealed more about that infamous altercation that led to Gibson’s firing!
Now, Gibson has his own story about what happened, but Williams is adamant that it wasn’t a brush-by, or an accident, but an intentional kick to his shin that caused all the trouble!
Williams said about that fateful day:
“He came to me with a line change that he wanted. Because of this particular episode, the change that he wanted hurt the story. I offered him a fix. He didn’t accept the fix. He said, ├óΓé¼╦£Fix it so I’m happy’ and then walked off.”
Williams then revealed that a second heated conversation took place between him and Gibson — with Gibson demanding the line be changed to his liking.
Afterwards, when Williams was searching for the showrunner to explain what was happening and figure out a solution, Gibson walked right back up to him and allegedly kicked Williams in the shin as he walked by.
What the what??? Crazy!!!
Even through ALL this, Williams took the high road — and still to this day, he wishes Gibson well.
Williams said he will miss Gibson’s character on the show, Aaron ‘Hotch’ Hotchner, and revealed:
“[The fans] got to watch him, but I got to write him … I pray for [Gibson]. I hope that he’s getting time with his family. I hope the best for the guy.”
Talk about being the bigger man!!
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