The embattled actor, who had portrayed Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) agent Aaron Hotchner since the series began in 2005, was initially suspended from the crime show after he allegedly kicked a writer in the leg during an altercation in July (16).

His exit was made permanent earlier this month, and on Tuesday (30Aug16), bosses at America's CBS network announced that Brewster, who was a series regular from 2006 to 2011, had been hired for the entirety of the upcoming 12th season.

"We’re all so excited to have Paget with us full time," executive producer Erica Messer said in a statement. "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."

The former Friends star was initially slated to have a recurring role on the upcoming season after appearing on one episode earlier this year (16), as part of a storyline surrounding original series star Shemar Moore's exit after 11 seasons.

In addition to Brewster, other actors hired as series regulars for the new season include Magic Mike hunk Adam Rodriguez and another Friends alum, Aisha Tyler.