After two seasons playing the boss of a FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit , Mandy Patinkin is off CBS’ serial killer show Criminal Minds. No, it wasn’t all those grisly scenes and photos week after week that did it. Instead, the actor, producers ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television would have us all believed based on their joint statement released today that this is completely amicable. Trust me, this is never amicable. “Due to creative differences, Mandy has asked not to return to Criminal Minds this season. Mandy would like to thank the studios and network for releasing him from the series ,” Patinkin’s side said. “Last week, Mandy Patinkin asked to be released from his role on Criminal Minds,” the studio portion of the statement read. “We have honored this request, which was not in any way connected to contract renegotiations or salary issues. His departure from the series will be explained to audiences in an episode to be filmed in the near future and broadcast early next season.”
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