Shemar Moore

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Actor Shemar Moore, who has played FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan on the CBS show Criminal Minds for 11 years has decided to leave the show. Moore’s final episode aired on Wednesday night.

Shemar Moore, who has played the headstrong FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan on all 11 seasons of Criminal Minds, is leaving the CBS drama. Wednesday’s episode represented his final appearance.

Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer posted a statement addressing Moore’s departure, writing, “All of us at Criminal Minds are sad to say ‘see you later’ to Agent Derek Morgan. Even sadder that our friend Shemar Moore isn’t on set anymore. It was definitely a surprise that he wanted ‘To leap,’ as Shemar said, ‘to try new things.’ For those reasons, we have nothing but love and respect for him and his choice. But it doesn’t mean we can’t also be really, really sad.”

I’m a long time Criminal Minds fan… There is something about the chemistry that Morgan had with his “Baby Girl” Penelope that I’m gonna miss.

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