The truth about Jennifer Love Hewitt is leaving Criminal Minds

Jennifer Love Hewitt first rose to fame as a child actress in the early ’90s. She has appeared in various shows and films such as Kids Incorporated, Party of Five, and Running Wilde on IMDb. Although Hewitt was already making a name for herself in Hollywood, according to Us Weekly, her career didn’t really take off until she starred in the 1997 teen horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer.

“Every Halloween I’m with friends in different neighborhoods, wherever, and somebody’s going to have a little too much of something while they’re trick-or-treating, and they’re going to come around the corner and be like, ‘What are you waiting for? huh?'” she told the outlet as she described how her iconic catchphrase from that film still follows her decades later. “I’m like, ‘Not you buddy, keep moving. Keep moving,’” she joked. “It’s really funny, it makes me laugh!”

She had the opportunity to play various roles throughout Hewitt’s career, but one of her favorite roles was when she became an FBI agent. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Love Hewitt joined the cast of the CBS hit series Criminal Minds in 2014 for the 10th season of the show as undercover agent Kate Callahan. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done,” she said during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “It’s fun and I’m having a really good time.” While Hewitt was having a great time, an unexpected, life-changing moment changed her perspective on filming.

Jennifer Love Hewitt found out she was pregnant

Though Jennifer Love Hewitt was thrilled with her role on Criminal Minds, her stint as undercover agent Kate Callahan was short-lived. According to IMDb, Hewitt starred in 23 episodes of the 10th season of the CBS crime series. As the show prepared to begin scriptwriting for the next season, Hewitt had to make a difficult career decision. “We had already determined that the episode would be about Kate and her family and the horrible thing that happens with their daughter Meg being kidnapped,” showrunner Erica Messer said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “That was already in the game, but what wasn’t in the game was definitely writing them out.”

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Messer revealed that Hewitt found out early on that she was pregnant, and while they did everything they could to add this new chapter to their story, the “McKenna” star just wanted to make sure she had the opportunity to be present with their newborn . “Jennifer wanted to be able to give that second baby everything she gave to her first, and that means taking time off to be a full-time mom.”

Hewitt was reportedly due out in July, which was around the same time that production for season 11 was set to begin. “There was no timeline for her to do both, give this baby everything she wanted to give him and still be on our show,” added Messer.

Jennifer Love Hewitt welcomed her third child in 2021

Lute! News, in June 2015, Jennifer Love Hewitt gave birth to her second child and first son, Atticus James Hallisay — just months after making the decision to leave “Criminal Minds.” The actor shared daughter Autumn James Hallisay, born in November 2013, with husband Brian Hallisay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I feel my best when I’m pregnant, which means I probably should have 18 kids — it’s not going to happen — but I feel good,” Hewitt said during an interview with American Baby (via People).

Although she wasn’t 18, she chose a different one. In September 2021, Hewitt gave birth to her third child and second son, Aidan James Hallisay. “They say women leave their bodies behind during labor…they travel to the stars to take their babies’ souls and return to this world together,” the actress shared on Instagram, alongside a black-and-white photo of her with a baby bump in the hospital. “It was my greatest honor to pick you up, Aidan James.”

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Though Hewitt admitted she loves being pregnant, she never imagined having another child in the middle of a pandemic. “We were always open to a third, but in the crazy year the whole world was having, we definitely didn’t think it was going to necessarily be that moment,” she told People.