Friday, August 07, 2009


Criminal Minds: Mandy Patinkin, the former Jason Gideon on Criminal Minds, recently spoke about his reasons for leaving Criminal Minds. Here is an excerpt and the link:

THERE was panic on the set of Criminal Minds when Mandy Patinkin, one of the most revered actors of his generation, decided he'd had enough of working on the show.

The impact of the decision hit his castmates hard because he'd consulted none of them before quitting. They all turned up for work one day 18 months ago to be told Patinkin was no longer their leading man.

A.J. Cook, who plays Jennifer Jareau, has confessed she was distressed by the news.
‘‘I was really sad,'' she explained.

‘‘I loved Mandy, I loved working with him. He was a lot of fun. He would sing and dance. He was just . . . he was our show.

‘‘When we found out he wasn't coming back, there was that panic -- do I need to look for another job? And then there was anger and confusion. If he wasn't going to be happy here, then by all means he needed to do whatever was going to make him happy.''

continues here:,21985,25891968-5006022,00.html