After five seasons as a main cast member on Criminal Minds, A.J. Cook has been dropped from the show.
According to Entertainment Weekly, CBS chose not to pick up the actress' contract option for next season, citing financial concerns as the chief reason for this shake-up. Cook has portrayed the character of Jennifer Jareau since 2005.
Elsewhere, fellow cast member Paget Brewster will likely remain a series regular. However, she'll appear in fewer episodes that most seasons due, once again, to budgetary concerns.
** UPDATE: A source now says Cook was let go for "creative" reasons and a new actress will come aboard the series.
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