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He’s been a main­stay of Crim­i­nal Minds for 11 sea­sons, and is a firm favourite with fans. But this Wed­nes­day marks the be­gin­ning of a spe­cial three­ep­isode arc that cul­mi­nates in Spe­cial Agent Derek Mor­gan, (played by She­mar Moore, be­low) say­ing a fond farewell to the se­ries for good.

The ac­tor an­nounced his depar­ture ear­lier this year, say­ing he was keen to try his hand at other things.

“I’m leav­ing be­cause I want to con­tinue to grow as an ac­tor,” he said re­cently.

“I love what I do for a liv­ing, but I also want to walk my dogs, travel, get mar­ried, have kids. I want bal­ance, and it’s hard to do with the sched­ule that we have.”

His depar­ture was not just a shock to fans — it was also a blow for his fel­low cast and crew, with the show’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Erica Messer shar­ing a sweet mes­sage from the team af­ter his fi­nal episode aired.

“We have noth­ing but love and re­spect for him and his choice,” she said, “but it doesn’t mean we can’t also be re­ally, re­ally sad.”

Messer says they thought of this fi­nal three episode arc as a kind of trib­ute to Moore, with some of his co-stars, in­clud­ing Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr Spencer Reid) jump­ing in to write and di­rect. /


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