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August 17, 2016 04:25 PM

Thomas Gibson is speaking out directly to his fans after being let go from Criminal Minds following an alleged physical altercation with a writer on set.

“The support you show means the world to me and my family,” the father of three tweeted on Wednesday. “This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all.”

Within hours of joining the social media site, Gibson, 54, had thousands of followers.

“I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support,” he tweeted. “I love Criminal Minds, & I’m disappointed by what’s happened.”

The sentiments echo the statement Gibson released to PEOPLE Aug. 5 when it was announced he had been fired from his show after 11 seasons.

“I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years. I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won’t be possible now,” he said in the statement. “I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew, and most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have.”

Gibson has obtained legal counsel and is currently looking into his options, but it also appears he is focusing on the future.

“Hazel and I both looking forward to what’s down the road …” he posted on Instagram Wednesday along with a photo of him and his dog behind the wheel of a boat and looking off into the horizon.

Gibson will appear in the first few episodes of season 12 of Criminal Minds, which is slated to premiere Sept. 28 on CBS.

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