E News confirms that season 11 is the last season Moore is playing FBI special agent Derek Morgan on the show.
In the past few episodes, viewers have seen Derek being abducted, tortured and nearly killed just before he found out that his girlfriend Savannah (Rochelle Aytes) was pregnant.
After the abduction drama, Derek and Savannah got married and then gave birth to their son, Hank. Meanwhile, Derek is still trying to find out who was responsible for his attack.
The actor talked about this 11-year run on the CBS crime drama to TVLine, “I’m proud of Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Matthew [Gray Gubler], Kirsten [Vangsness]… because not only did we bust our ass and defy the odds and create a hit show together, everything we did was together.” He also called on to his co-stars’ contributions beyond acting.
“Matthew started directing, and that inspired Joe. And that inspired Thomas. And then Kirsten got inspired [to write], and I supported her. And AJ [Cook] is a mother of two and took time out for her life and came back,” he continues. “It was nice to see everybody growing.”
The actor then discussed his decision to leave the show. He said, “I didn’t direct, I didn’t write, but I grew, and I’m leaving because I want to continue to grow as an actor,” Moore shares. “I’m leaving to see what else I’m capable of.”
Beyond the professional, and akin to Derek’s own decision, “I need balance in my life,” Moore adds. “I love what I do for a living, I love it from ‘action’ to ‘cut’, but I also want to walk my dogs, travel, get married, have kids. I want balance, and it’s hard to do with the schedule that we have.”
Moore began in small screen career at CBS by playing Malcolm Winters on “The Young and the Restless.” He left the show to join “Criminal Minds” in 2005.