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Two cast members set to depart 'Criminal Minds' over pay deal

TWO of the stars of hit crime drama Criminal Minds could be set to depart the show after rejecting a ‘final’ pay offer from the CBS network.

Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia) and AJ Cook (JJ Jareau) may not now return for a ninth series of the show.

Although it has not officially been renewed for a new season yet, it is believed by industry insiders CBS will renew the show.

The pay dispute is believed to have arisen as both actresses attempted to negotiate a new deal.

Under their previous agreement, both actresses were paid less than half of what the male stars of the show earned.

It is believed both of the starts will refuse to return unless they are offered a deal comparable to their male colleagues.

Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner) and Joe Mantegna (David Rossi) are reported to be close to signing new deals, while Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan) is also in negotiations.

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