Criminal Minds fans were worried over the last few weeks, as it had been revealed that stars A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness hadn't signed on for the upcoming 13th season. The two actresses were fighting for pay equal to their male co-stars, like Matthew Gray Gubler, who had already agreed to a new contract.
Thankfully, Cook and Vangsness won the fight, and they were able to achieve parity and get the pay increase they were asking for.
As you can imagine, the stars took to Twitter to celebrate the new contracts, as well as thank fans for the support over the years.
This Criminal Minds star is one of the only performers who has been with the show since day one. Between her and Gubler, they're holding down the season one fort.
It was exciting to see Vangsness achieve parity with her male co-stars, as she's been such an integral part of the series for so long.
Being that the actress is usually very outspoken on Twitter, it was no surprise that she took to the social media site to talk about the achievement.
The "sisters doing it for themselves" line was in reference to the work that Vangsness and Cook put in together. They stood as one for the pay increases that they deserved, and the team-up paid off.prevnext
Setting The Record Straight
The announcement of the new contracts came shortly after it was revealed that co-star Damon Gupton would be leaving after one season.
Online, fans were beginning to spread the rumor that his dismissal was in correlation to the raises that Vangsness and Cook were being given. However, that couldn't be further from the truth.
The actress took to Twitter to explain that the two weren't connected, and that it was wrong for anyone to try and put them together. Vangsness and Cook got their pay-bumps because they deserved them, and Gupton's exit was a creative decision.
The word choice is quite strong but I will agree that linking these two is icky and false. https://t.co/5AFG4wjP01— Kirsten Vangsness (@Vangsness) June 14, 2017
As close as many members of this cast are, it's unlikely that Vangsness would have wanted to do anything that cost a friend their job. As you can see below, she's been outspoken about how much she loved having Gupton as a co-star.
The dreamboat human that is @DamonGupton was a dream to have on CM & now we will watch him rise like Phoenix talent he is.— Kirsten Vangsness (@Vangsness) June 14, 2017
Speaking of Gupton
Just because Damon Gupton has left the show, doesn't mean there isn't love there for his former co-stars. The actor also jumped on Twitter to voice his opinion on the new contracts.
The class-act performer rejoiced over the milestone reached by Vangsness and Cook. He offered the two stars congratulations on their new pay increase, and noted that it was "well earned."
He finished up the tweet by echoing the thoughts of many of the show's fans, saying that the duo "deserve every penny."
Class Act All The Way Every Day. ❤️ https://t.co/61jpjQfrGL— Kirsten Vangsness (@Vangsness) June 14, 2017
Gupton wasn't the only one to jump online and offer well-wishes to the the actresses. Aisha Tyler, who also stars on the series, sent out her own collection of celebratory emojis.
‘Criminal Minds’: Kirsten Vangsness & A.J. Cook Close Deals To Return | Deadline https://t.co/9kjioAl8tr— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) June 14, 2017
Criminal Minds will return this fall, when its 13th season premieres on September 27, on CBS.
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