Shemar Moore leaves 'Criminal Minds' on CBS

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After 11 seasons as Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds, Shemar Moore has retired his bullet-proof vest.

The show's character Morgan, who survived a harrowing kidnapping, left the BAU to focus on life with his family.

Fans discovered the departure during the episode "A Beautiful Disaster," which aired on Wednesday.

Erica Messer, the show's executive producer, told members of the Criminal Minds team that they are sad to say "see you later" to Agent Morgan and "even sadder that our friend Shemar Moore isn't on set anymore."

"It was definitely a surprise that he wanted 'To leap,' as Shemar said, 'to try new things,'" Messer wrote. "For those reasons, we have nothing but love and respect for him and his choice. But it doesn’t mean we can’t also be really, really sad."

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