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Damon Wayans Jr. Will Be a New Girl Series Regular

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17:  Damon Wayans Jr. arrives at the 5th Anniversary Dinner of the Cathy's Kids Foundation hosted by Lamar Odom at the Roosevelt Hotel on April 17, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Damon Wayans;Jr

Fox confirmed today that Damon Wayans Jr. will return as a series regular on the fourth season of New Girl. After appearing in the pilot, Wayans, who played original loft-mate Coach, was forced to leave the show because of his role on the now canceled Happy Endings. He returned as a New Girl special guest star in season three, ultimately turning what was supposed to be a four-episode arc into a season-long guest spot — and now, it seems, a full-time gig. Maybe not the happy ending Wayans signed on for, but a happy ending nonetheless.

Photo: Angela Weiss/2009 Getty Images