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Thomas Gibson was fired from "Criminal Minds"
after kicking a writer while arguing over an episode he was directing! But the producers aren't worried because they've already invested in a secret weapon — bringing back Paget Brewster, who's left the show twice!
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Fans who were shocked by the loss of Thomas can already guess why the producers were ready to ditch the show's longtime star. Paget’s character, Agent Emily Prentiss, has always been a “fan favorite,” said a show insider. “Problem is, Paget costs too much for the show’s notoriously cheap execs!"
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But the "Criminal Minds" producers were struggling with sinking ratings leading into the show's upcoming 12th season — with longtime cast member Shemar Moore
already fleeing the show! Now Paget's "got the power," said the insider.
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It's some sweet showbiz revenge, too, since Paget and castmate A.J. Cook were reportedly fired in 2010 as a cost-cutting measure she calls “a painful shakeup.” Both were rehired due to viewer outrage, with Paget eventually leaving again in 2012.
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Now, with “Criminal Minds” down two million viewers — and continuously dropping — the network is banking on her multi-episode return to save the show. “It’s almost comical,” said our spy, “because the official story line is the Behavioral Analysis Unit needs help from Prentiss. Really, the show needs help from Paget!”