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AJ Cook: 'Criminal Minds return is surreal'

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AJ Cook has admitted that returning to Criminal Minds is "surreal".

The actress, who plays JJ, was controversially dropped from the show last June.

However, earlier this month it emerged that she has signed a new deal to return as a regular next season.

"We made the deal [April 15], but there have been whisperings for a while," Cook told TV Guide. "The whole thing was so surreal, from being let go to getting asked to come back for two episodes, and then coming back again to do [Paget Brewster's] last episode. I keep trying to have closure on this but it keeps sneaking back in my life."

Cook admitted that being dropped from the show last year felt like "a breakup with a guy".

"It happened out of nowhere," she said. "And it was an, 'It's not you, it's me' sort of thing. You think, 'What did I do?' It's been a rollercoaster ride but I just had to put one foot forward and keep moving."

Cook also thanked fans, saying: "Their outpouring of support really blew me away. That's definitely the silver lining to being let go. The fans really let me know how they felt, and I guess they really let CBS know too."

Criminal Minds airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS. Cook will return in the current season's finale.

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