Thomas Gibson has been openly discussing his firing from CBS's Criminal Minds and while he admits he could have handled some things differently, the actor wants to set the record straight about some "misinformation" circulating in the wake of the firing.
He confronted the rumor that he and former co-star Shemar Moore had an on and off set rivalry.
"Shemar and I did have disagreements early on. People work differently and have different priorities, but we are like brothers and worked through it," Gibson told PEOPLE. "I was so happy to direct the three-episode arc that was written to send him off, with hugs and kisses [at the end of last season]."
The 54-year-old also addressed his 2013 DUI charge, which resurfaced when news of his on-set drama unfolded. He denies having a substance abuse problem and shared his version of that night's events.
"The night marathon was going on downtown, and a cop blocked me from entering my parking garage," Gibson recalled. "I drove around the block, and another cop gave me permission. When I got to my garage gate, the first cop told me to get out and put my hands on the car."
He insists he was not excessively inebriated.
"Suddenly five bike cops were running at me," the actor continued. "One of them says, 'I smell alcohol.' I'd had one drink with a friend, but that was it. I passed their field sobriety test, but I refused [to blow into a Breathalyzer] and was arrested. My lawyer told me I could probably win if I fought the charge, but I didn't want to put my kids through a trial."