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'Criminal Minds': Joe Mantegna & Aisha Tyler Post Heartfelt Farewell Messages

"Truth or Dare" -- Wedding bells are ringing as Rossi prepares to marry Krystall (Gail O\'Grady). But first, the BAU team travels to Los Angeles to investigate a series of fatal shootings in broad daylight following car accidents, on the 14th season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (back L-R): Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez), Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid), Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis), Daniel Henney (Matt Simmons) Pictured (front L-R): A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau), Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss), Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia) Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

We may not know when the final season of Criminal Minds will air just yet, but the cast has wrapped filming and begun saying their goodbyes.

Joe Mantegna, who has played David Rossi since Season 3, looked back on his time on the show in a message posted on Twitter on his last day of filming Monday.

"I can't help but reflect in awe at what a truly wonderful experience it has been. As you know I came to a show already in production. I was welcomed by the cast and crew instantly, making me feel part of the team on day one," he wrote. "The next 12 years would be a wild and wonderful ride."

While he's going to miss playing Rossi and "the wonderful writing that brought him to life," he'll "mostly" miss seeing the people who work on the show. "It may seem a cliché to say we're like family, but it's so very true. In 15 seasons we've all grown a little older, hopefully a little wiser too. We laughed together, we cried together, and like a family we gained and lost members along the way," Mantegna said.

"I am satisfied with what we accomplished and proud of the work," he continued before closing with gratitude for the show's fans. "In the end we owe it all to you, the fans. For being the most loyal, tolerant, and passionate fans we could have ever asked for. Thanks for being there."

His costar, Paget Brewster, retweeted his message with a note of gratitude for him. "We all need to thank @JoeMantegna for becoming the captain of our Criminal Minds ship when we were lost at sea and scared," she wrote. "Joe, you are my mentor, my inspiration and my friend."

Aisha Tyler, who joined the cast as Tara Lewis in Season 11, also shared a message on social media on her last day of filming on Friday. She looked back on her time on the show and explained why she thinks the series has been such a success.

"It's a surreal day. Everyone hugging, holding on a little longer than before. Thanking each other for the hard work, laughing about the tough times, tearing up over the good ones," she wrote in the caption of a photo of the cast wearing Criminal Minds rings from A.J. Cook. "Making as many memories on this one day as we can — trying to make as many memories as were made over the last decade and a half in just twelve hours. It's impossible but we're trying.⁣"

The CBS procedural drama "truly changed my life," she continued. It was the first primetime drama she starred in for more than one season and where she directed her first TV episode.

Despite the series' dark subject matter, "people are comforted by the knowledge that a brilliant team of dedicated professionals are working around the clock to keep the rest of us safe," she wrote. "We are just a television show but those people do exist in the real world. I am so incredibly honored to have had even the slimmest opportunity to represent the hardworking men and women of the FBI."

 

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Today is my last day of taping at @crimmindscbs. It’s a surreal day. Everyone hugging, holding on a little longer than before. Thanking each other for the hard work, laughing about the tough times, tearing up over the good ones. Making as many memories on this one day as we can — trying to make as many memories as were made over the last decade and a half in just twelve hours. It’s impossible but we’re trying.⁣ ⁣ Criminal Minds has truly changed my life. This was the first prime-time drama I did for more than one season. Where I directed my first episode of television, where I got my @directorsguildofamerica card. I‘ve made so many good friends here, learned so much, laughed so hard.⁣ ⁣ We all keep reminding each other of how lucky we are, what an extraordinary ride this has been, what a special collection of talented and hardworking people it is. What a joy and privilege to be a part of this extraordinary team. ⁣ ⁣ People often ask why Criminal Minds has been so popular around the world for so long, especially considering the dark subject matter. I always say it’s because people are comforted by the knowledge that a brilliant team of dedicated professionals are working around the clock to keep the rest of us safe. We are just a television show but those people do exist in the real world. I am so incredibly honored to have had even the slimmest opportunity to represent the hardworking men and women of the FBI, who dedicate their lives to the safety of others, and who now, more than ever, are under attack and deserve our recognition and support.⁣ ⁣ Our producer and FBI tech adviser Jim Clemente (@efbeye), who worked at the real #BAU, told us that when CM first came on there were very few college programs focused on forensic psychology, and now every major university offers one. We can’t take credit for that here, but it is a privilege to represent this important work, and the great and dedicated professionals of the real-life BAU. They are out there doing critical work every single day, and it has been a true honor to tell their stories.⁣ ⁣ BTW the cool CM rings are from our own @ajcook. Check out my story for more from today. It’s been a ride.⁣ ⁣ #wheelsup

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