's sudden exit from CBS' Criminal Minds
may have left a bad taste in the cast and crew's mouths, but actor Shemar Moore
claims he does not hold a grudge against his former costar.
"I love Mandy, and I really don't just say that," Moore told the New York Daily News
. "He's a sweet guy, a good guy and talented. I'm going to miss him. I already do.”
However, Moore pointed out that he still does not agree with the way Patinkin left Criminal Minds
, considering the actor did not forewarn the show about his plan to quit.
“[At] the end of the day, I don't like how he went about leaving. I don't think he meant it as a personal vendetta against any of us, and I don't think he meant to abandon us. I just think he really felt for his life; this is what he needed,” Shemar Moore said, adding that he has not spoken with Patinkin since he asked to be released from his contract.
Despite what has happened, Moore said the “show will go on,” and it has, starting with the addition of Emmy-nominated actor Joe Mantegna to the cast. Mantegna will be playing FBI Special Agent David Rossi.
In comparing Mantegna's character with Patinkin's Gideon, Moore said, "[Joe] is not playing the same character [as Patinkin] at all… Gideon had an affinity for birds. The first time you meet Joe's character, he's shooting birds out of the sky. Ultimately, when you watch the show... you won't feel like something's missing in the quality of the story."
The new season of Criminal Minds
, scheduled to premiere on September 26 at 9pm, will be more fast-paced and unpredictable, and will provide an in-depth look at each character.
"We're a show that doesn't get a lot of press, we don't have billboards, but audiences seem to find us," Shemar Moore told the New York Daily News
. "Everywhere I go, all different kinds of people tell us they love the show and can't wait for it to come back on."
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: New York Daily News
(Image Courtesy of CBS)