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Actor Michael Ealy will be joining Gabrielle Union and the rest of the cast of B.E.T.’s Being Mary Jane when the series returns early next year.

According to B.E.T.

Ealy will play Justin Talbot, the new producer of Great Day USA who unfortunately for Mary Jane, also is the man who previously got her fired from CNN. Upon arriving at Great Day USA, he remains a thorn in Mary Jane’s side, and she must learn to cleverly circumvent his power plays.

In a statement Ealy said he took this role to uplift people of color

I had turned down several network offers, as I really was not interested in doing another show at the time, but because Gabrielle is a friend, I told her that I’d seriously think about and talk with my team. At the end of the day, I felt like we all have a social responsibility to help elevate material with people of color in any way that we can, and if there was an opportunity for me to help my friend and the cultural perceptions of our work, then I would do my part.

The series will return to small screens in January 2017.