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'Criminal Minds' "Jason Gideon": THIS Is Why Mandy Patinkin Left The Show

Mandy Patinkin: This is why "Gideon" left Criminal Minds
November 10, 2019 - 13:15 / Sarah Schulz

Mandy Patinkin played the role of "Jason Gideon" on Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2007. He starred as a lead role in 47 episodes starting in season 1. This is why he left the show...

Fans loved "Jason Gideon" on Criminal Minds in seasons 1 and 2. Mandy Patinkin did an incredible job portraying the experienced profiler who came back to work after a series of mental breakdowns. He starred alongside Matthew Gray Gubler, Shemar Moore and Thomas Gibson to name a few. However, Patinkin decided to leave the show after season 2 and this is why...

Mandy Patinkin attends a photocall promoting 'Criminal Minds' at the Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 13, 2007
Mandy Patinkin attends a photocall promoting 'Criminal Minds' at the Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 13, 2007

Mandy Patinkin left Criminal Minds before season 3

Mandy Patinkin failed to show up to the season 3 table read of Criminal Minds as he had decided not to return for a third season. His decision was not due to contract or salary matters, but was due to creative differences. Patinkin explained to Monaco Revue that he did not like violent television and felt "uncomfortable" with certain scenes in Criminal Minds. The actor called his choice to be in Criminal Minds his "biggest public mistake."

Mandy Patinkin attends the Creative Coalition 2018 Spotlight Initiative Gala Awards Dinner on September 8, 2018
Mandy Patinkin attends the Creative Coalition 2018 Spotlight Initiative Gala Awards Dinner on September 8, 2018

"Jason Gideon": Was Mandy's "biggest public mistake"

He "thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality, and after that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again."

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody attend the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration at Chateau Marmont on September 16, 2018
Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody attend the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration at Chateau Marmont on September 16, 2018

"Jason Gideon" was replaced by "David Rossi"

Mandy Patinkin did leave notes for all of his co-stars upon his departure outlining the reasons for him leaving the show as well as wishing them luck going into season 3. "Jason Gideon" was then written out of the series and replaced by "Special Agent David Rossi" (Joe Mantegna) and then later killed off showing that no special guest appearances would ever be possible in the future.

Mandy Patinkin still acting today

Mandy Patinkin (66) is still very active in the entertainment industry with his most recent role being in the 2019 movie Before You Know It. He has also returned to recording music which is one of his many passions.