There's an old saying that's something along the lines of, "don't bite the hand that feeds." But if the hand is no longer feeding, does that still apply? While promoting his hit Showtime series Homeland in an interview with New York Magazine, star Mandy Patinkin took the opportunity to totally put his old gig, Criminal Minds, on blast, going so far as to call his participation in the CBS show his "biggest public mistake ever." Patinkin left the show in 2007, citing that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

His specific comments:

“The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place. I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality...I’m not making a judgment on the taste [of people who watch crime procedurals], but I’m concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn’t what you need to be dreaming about.”

Patinkin went on to call his current show, Homeland, "the antidote," despite the fact that it's just about as violent as Criminal Minds is, and has the ability to be moreso considering it's broadcast on cable.

Do you think Patinkin was out of line with his statements? Sound off in the comments.

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[via Deadline]