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Criminal Minds says goodbye to another character

Damon Gupton joined the long-running CBS show after Thomas Gibson’s departure

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Farewell, Stephen Walker.

Criminal Minds is bidding farewell to Damon Gupton, who stepped in after the high-profile departure of Thomas Gibson last year to play Agent Stephen Walker. The actor announced his departure via Twitter this weekend.

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Gupton’s exit comes as two of its most popular stars — Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook — are looking for a boost in salary to reportedly equal what co-stars Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler are now earning on the long-running CBS show. Both women have been on the show since it launched in 2005.

Criminal Minds ended with a cliffhanger last month with most of the team involved in a devastating car accident that was instigated by Mr. Scratch. Shemar Moore also briefly reprised his role as Derek Morgan.