Paget Brewster will return to Criminal Minds following the firing of Thomas Gibson earlier this month.


Brewster appeared on the show from season two through seven as Special Agent Emily Prentiss. She returned for one episode earlier this year. She will star alongside Aisha Tyler who also was elevated to a regular after Gibson’s exit.

“We’re all so excited to have Paget with us full time,” executive producer Erica Messer said. “The BAU family has definitely missed her, on screen and off. Having her back on set has been great, it’s like she never left.”

Gibson, who led the series since its inception in 2005 as Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, was fired after allegedly kicking one of the writers, Virgil Williams, on set. He is currently seeking legal counsel to sort out his options against the show. 

Gibson will appear in some episodes in the beginning of the next season of the show, which returns to CBS on Sept. 28. Brewster will reappear on Oct. 12. “It’s like riding a bike,” says Brewster’s costar A.J. Cook. “It’s like she never left.”

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