Anthony Anderson 'I Love Thomas Gibson'

8/15/2016 6:18 AM PDT

Anthony Anderson Loves Thomas Gibson

EXCLUSIVE

Anthony Anderson makes it absolutely clear -- he's got Thomas Gibson's back.

We caught up with the "Black-ish" star Sunday at LAX where our guy asks for Anthony's take on "Criminal Minds" firing Gibson. Check out the vid ... Anthony says pump the brakes on judging the guy.

He's a good friend ... or so it seems.