Fans React to Losing Shemar Moore on 'Criminal Minds'

PHOTO: Shemar Moore arrives at the Peoples Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater, Jan. 6, 2016, in Los Angeles.PlaySteve Granitz/Getty Images
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Shemar Moore made his final appearance on "Criminal Minds" Wednesday night, and many of his female fans are heartbroken.

The 45-year-old actor played headstrong FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan -- famous for his catchphrase "baby girl" -- on all 11 seasons of the popular crime drama. The show handled his departure with a three-episode arc, which concluded Wednesday with Morgan leaving the bureau to focus on his family.

In real life, Moore, who came to "Criminal Minds" after 11 years on "Young and the Restless," is off to "leap" at "new things," as he told executive producer Erica Messer.

"For those reasons, we have nothing but love and respect for him and his choice. But it doesn’t mean we can’t also be really, really sad," Messer said in a statement addressing Moore's departure.

Indeed, sadness seem to be the overriding emotion from fans on Twitter.

Moore addressed his fans directly in a video posted just after his final episode aired.

"To my homies, to my fans, to my baby girls: Cry if you have to, scream and yell if you have to, smile, smile, laugh, celebrate," Moore says in the video. "This is not goodbye; this is goodbye to this part of a dream, this chapter. I’m not going anywhere. You guys haven’t gone anywhere. Without you, my dream is not possible. I can dream all day every day, but I can’t make it work unless you support me, unless you root for me, unless you watch me and you believe in me."

He added, "I’ve had a ball. So this party might be ending with me in it, but I promise you, I’ma throw another party and invite all of you."