Shemar Moore, one of the original cast members of “Criminal Minds” is saying goodbye after 11 seasons.
In the Show, Moore’s character, Derek Morgan, decides to forgo his law enforcement career with the FBI and focus on his family after the shooting of his pregnant wife, Savannah (played by Rochelle Aytes).
For Moore, ironically, it’s also about focusing on his family and personal life.
“I need balance in my life. I love what I do for a living, I love it from ‘action’ to ‘cut’, 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,” said Moore about the reason for his departure in an interview with TVLine.
He said it was also about continued growth. “I didn’t direct, I didn’t write, but I grew, and I’m leaving because I want to continue to grow as an actor. I’m leaving to see what else I’m capable of,” he wrote in a farewell letter to fans.
However, for fans who have become accustomed to the hunky FBI agent are finding it difficult to accept Derek Morgan is no more.
imagine waking up to the news that shemar moore is leaving criminal minds and then pretending to be okay with it
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For fans who aren’t able to fully accept Moore’s departure, he has a message for you below: