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Shemar Moore Shocker: He Exits CRIMINAL MINDS After 11 Seasons!

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Wednesday night, fans of the CBS procedural drama Criminal Minds were in for quite the emotional ride and shocker, when longtime series star, Shemar Moore exited his beloved role as Derek Morgan.

The former Daytime Emmy winning star of The Young and the Restless, where he played Malcolm Winters, decided he wanted to spread his wings and look at new roles and opportunities in his career.

Moore’s exit episode drew 10.7 million total viewers with a 2.1 rating, rising 9 percent and two tenths and gave Criminal Minds its largest audience since November 26, 2014, and its best demo number in almost a year, according to TV Line.

Shemar told The Hollywood Reporter:  “The Young and the Restless gave me confidence and told me that I had a right to be here (In Hollywood).  ” got popular there, but I wanted credibility and to prove that I could act. What Criminal Minds did was help people see that I could handle drama — and keep my shirt on — and tell stories. Criminal Minds was college, and now I’m ready for grad school and the next step.”

As to if Moore would ever make a return visit to the CBS nighttime drama, he added, “I went back for two episodes [on The Young and the Restless during Criminal Minds]) and I would have done it for free — and the same goes with Criminal Minds. If they’ll let me come in and play for a while, yes. I’d love to come back.”

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Moore gave his fans a special farewell video on his decision to leave, as well.   Watch it after the jump.  Then let us know, if you are sad that Shemar has exited Criminal Minds?  Do you hope he comes back to Y&R for another short visit?  What would you like to see Shemar do next in his career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Susan Miller
Susan Miller

I think shemar should have his own show. I know he would make an excellent spokesperson n being so good at what he does he needs to venture out. Y&R could surely use him again if he chooses to go down that road again. Shemar u rock baby boy ! Oh maybe an actor doing movies but a talk show host sounds like the best road he could go down. Love u baby boy

CeeCee
CeeCee

I only watch because of him…..I followed him from Y&R. Sad.

Richard
Richard

Malcolm & Hillary??? LOL

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol. We’ve been down that road with Dru. So, Richard, you still want to keep in the family, do you? LOL.

Amy
Amy

this sucks the best part is him & baby girl

Patricia
Patricia

He should do movies. I believe he would be great.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

No doubt, Shemar Moore is an accomplished and popular actor!

Yet, I will always hold a huge amount of respect and appreciation for him with the manner in which he announced Susan Lucci’s Emmy win (after 19 nominations). He exuded excitement and class, which made this deserved and heartfelt moment for Lucci and her fans even more poignant, satisfying, and special!

Rose
Rose

I quit watching Criminal Minds years ago because it was full of such ugly stories. But Shemar always seemed to have a brighter soul. So long past time for a change to put him into something more positive.

Richard
Richard

Hahahahaha just to stick it to Devon. I hate him lol

Pam
Pam

I would Love to see him return to Y&R for a while. I Love him as Malcolm.

Nikki
Nikki

Without Shemar Moore=Goodbye Criminal Minds. We luv ya Shemar Good Luck!

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Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

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