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Shemar Moore

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Shemar Moore has left the criminal minds building. The 45-year-old shocked Criminal Minds fans Wednesday (March 23rd) when his character, Derek Morgan, decided to quit his job and focus on his family.

Shemar talked about the decision with The Hollywood Reporter saying,

“It’s a weird experience. I just spent 11 years with a group of people, and it’s a weird thing to walk away from — but I did it on my terms and in the right way. When we started, there were 102 cop shows…and I questioned why they needed 103, but what we found out was that Criminal Minds was a different type of show. We were the little train that could. There were so many doubters, and 11 years and 251 episodes later, I’m very proud. It’s nice to exhale now. I feel really at peace with the fact that I left it all out on the field. The Young and the Restless gave me confidence and told me that I had a right to be here in Hollywood. I 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.”

Hey, George Clooney left ER and Denzel left St. Elsewhere and you see where they are today.  Maybe this will work out for the better for Shemar.

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