OMG! March 23 was a total shocker for all fans of CBS’ ‘Criminal Minds’ as series original Shemar Moore and his character of Derek Morgan departed the show after 11 seasons! Read on to see the reason the handsome actor is walking away from such a sweet gig.
We totally did not see this one coming! Shemar Moore, 45, has left Criminal Minds after 11 amazing seasons. His character of Special Agent Derek Morgan decided to quit the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit and spend more time with his wife and son after his wife Savannah was nearly killed in his pursuit of a case. The actor is now able to discuss his shocking departure since the show aired his final scenes March 23, so read on for his emotional goodbye to the series.
At the end of season 10, Shemar contemplated leaving but decided to wait it out, he told our sister site, TVLine. “So Erica [Messer] said to me, ‘Allow us to give you, and more importantly Derek Morgan, but more importantly the crew, the cast and the fans, a proper goodbye.’” He assumed that meant a death for Derek, but Erica reassured, “I’m not killing you. I’m going to make it look like we’re killing you, and I don’t know the story yet, but I am not killing you. I am going to send you off into the sunset on a hero ride.” Find out why he decided to leave here.
So, that’s what they did — and just like Shemar once returned to Young and the Restless, he could reappear one day. “If Erica calls me and says, ‘We need Derek to do such and such,’ as long as it’s not long-term and I’m not locked into something, but I can just go dance with my friends and family, yes, yes, yes, yes.”
Walking away from such a steady and high paying gig – Shemar reportedly made $100,000 per episode as of 2011 – is a big risk for any actor. But if Shemar feels the need to be more challenged, then kudos for him and we can’t wait to see what his future holds!
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Shemar left Criminal Minds?