Taken from Hollywood Reporter:
“Last week, Mandy Patinkin asked to be released from his role on ‘Criminal Minds,’ ” the studios said in a joint statement. “We have honored this request, which was not in any way connected to contract renegotiations or salary issues. His departure from the series will be explained to audiences in an episode to be filmed in the near future and broadcast early next season.”
It has been confirmed now, that Mandy Patinkin will no longer be in the hit show: “Criminal Minds”
No news has been provided as to why he decided to leave the show, expect for “creative differences”.
Of course, fans of Dead Like Me are hoping it could be a sign of a possible return of Rube – Mandy Patinkin’s character in the show, but there is no evidence to this. (Not yet! But we can always hope…)
Sorry “Minds” fans, but fingers crossed DLM fans
Sources: Hollywood Reporter - Mandy Patinkin Quits Criminal Minds.