Shemar Moore stunned Criminal Minds fans every last night when he revealed that he'd said his last "Baby Girl" and was departing the long-running CBS procedural after 11 seasons.
After his character Derek Morgan was abducted, tortured and nearly killed, he chose to step away from the BAU to spend time with wife Savannah (Rochelle Aytes) and baby son Hank—reasoning not so dissimilar from Moore's own. With some time between the announcement that Moore, who's starred on Criminal Minds since the pilot, was moving on, E! News got on the phone with the actor to speak about why he made his decision, what filming his last episode was like, and what he plans to do next. What follows is part one of our unedited conversation.