Criminal Minds Season 12
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Criminal Minds Season 12: Thomas Gibson Returns or Show is Cancelled; #NoHotchNoWatch Protest Goes Viral

Criminal Minds season 12 without Thomas Gibson is not Criminal Minds at all– at least for die-hard Hotch fans. A new hashtag goes viral threatening a boycott the series if Thomas Gibson does not return.

#NoHotchNoWatch hashtag is spreading across social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Fans are threatening that if Hotch, played by Thomas Gibson, does not return to the series they will opt not to watch the crime serial.

Criminal Minds Season 12 Without Gibson

Before the start of Criminal Minds season 12, management announced that Thomas Gibson will no longer be joining the series. Fans will remember that Gibson has been part of the show since the beginning and much of the series’ success can arguably be attributed to Hotch’s character.

Read also: Criminal Minds Season 12: Thomas Gibson Returns in Halloween Episode? Ratings Still Plummet

However, due to a conflict with the show’s writer and producer Virgil Williams, the series producers decided to remove Gibson from season 12. The actor was also reported to have had difficulties getting along with other cast members. Even in his previous jobs, word was that Gibson was a difficult actor to work with.

Despite these claims, Gibson has established a fan-base in his 11 seasons with the crime series. And for these fans, the show without Hotch is not even worth watching anymore.

Read also: Criminal Minds Season 12 Premiere: Thomas Gibson Returns for Episode 1 & 2! [Spoilers]


Criminal Minds Season 12 to be Canceled?

Criminal Minds has been dealing with quite a lot of changes since season 11. Shemar Moore, who played SSA Derek Morgan, left the show during season 11. Then followed by the firing of Gibson.

Read also: Criminal Minds Season 12: Thomas Gibson Returns as Serial Killer Murders Him [Spoilers]

According to Inquistr, Gibson has decided to file a lawsuit for being fired from the show. This might be the reason why his fans started the online protest. The boycott proved to be effective because the show’s ratings is dropping week after week. However, some are arguing that the drop in ratings is of no consequence to the show.

Criminal Minds season 12 is still running to date and producing compelling stories every week. Nevertheless, one might wonder if a good storyline will be enough to sustain the series to expect for another season.

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  1. in what way has it gone viral? the tweets never have more than forty or so likes…
    also, what’s with his hair? why can’t he get a better dye job?

  2. Gibson should not have physically kicked Virgil Williams, one of the show’s writers and producers. What’s with that? Kicking is for spoiled kids when they can’t get their way. I was not happy when Shemar Moore left the show, but apparently, he had run-ins with Gibson. Gibson must think he’s a prima donna that the show will not go on without him. Well, I still watch the show. I miss him but not to the point I’m willing to accept that he makes the show more difficult with his fellow actors.

    Gibson should move on to some other studio that will accept his bad boy behavior. Let him take his unhappy and disgruntled fan base somewhere else.

  3. Bring back Thomas Gibson. He shouldn’t have been fired. Let him finish what he needs to. Haters should go to hell.

  4. The powers that be have proven that they care nothing about the show’s fans. Without giving us time to accept Adam Rodriguez rather than Shemar Moore, the fire Thomas Gibson and bring in another character. Well, the people have spoken and will continue to speak. So long, Criminal Minds.

  5. I love Criminal Minds and will continue to watch it!! I love the actors and the setup now just as much as ever before.

  6. #Don’tCancelWe watch!!

  7. Yes bring him back however, he needs to consider his coworkers and fans. I love Adam and he should continue. However Shamar needs to come back as well for he makes the show like all the rest. Hotch stop going off. You are better than that. Come to work. Do your job and stop telling the producers and writers what to do. If you don’t like Sharks being late, I’m sure he did not like how you were being so difficult. Stop! It’s just that simple.

  8. Bring hocht back

  9. All those boycotting have proven they are not real fans of CM at all, otherwise they would support the rest of the cast who are not to blame for Thomas Gibsons mindless and immature act. I for one will continue to watch this brilliant show.