Looks like the CM cast were just as taken aback by the casting news as anyone else:
Paget posted that “"Creative Reasons" has been an Executive Bullshit excuse for DECADES. It IS financial. AJ is a dreamboat. And yes, I am hurt, too.” - presumably in response to the latest news that this is a creative decision rather than a financial one, and that there will be a new female cast member joining the show. Which is further evidence of WTFery and FUCBS.
She followed that with: “Thanks to all the fans. From me, AJ and the cast. We love you. We will always appreciate your support. You are kind and wonderful. KISSES!!”
Thomas Gibson tweeted: “To say we're all mystified and disappointed is an understatement...all the fan support is much appreciated! Stay tuned...”
Matthew Gray Gubler: “I feel like I'm in a strange dream where nothing makes sense...”
Joe Mantegna & Kristin Vangness both tweeted links to the petition to save AJ & Paget; in addition, Joe tweeted that he’s been in Europe for the last 3 weeks promoting CM, and the first he heard of this was when he got back to the US. When someone tweeted about him & Kristin being on board to save the ladies, he replied, “Of course we are. We love them and the show wouldn't be the same without them.”I love that the cast are so close and backing each other up on this; is it too much to hope that TPTB will see the error of their ways?
Oh yeah, this is CBS we're talking about. Not a hope.