Lea Michele and Heather Morris Film Glee Finale After Naya Rivera Firing Rumors
With rumors swirling like wildfire that Naya Rivera has officially been fired from Glee and written out of the Season 5 finale, her co-stars (or perhaps former co-stars) are doing everything in their power to stay focused and keep a positive attitude.
Lea Michele, Heather Morris, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale returned to the set on Thursday, May 1, where they worked on the finale and chatted between takes. Lea even stopped to sing “Happy Birthday” to one of the crew members, as they presented him with a giant chocolate chip cookie cake.
Despite reports that Lea and Naya have been going to head-to-head over the last few weeks, Naya’s rep insists that “any rumors circulating that [she] was fired from Glee are absolutely untrue.” Yet, other outlets (named PopWrapped) seem to have solid sources telling them that Naya’s days are officially over.
Either way, an insider for E! News claims that “[Naya] not being in the finale has nothing to do with Lea.” A source of PopWrapped echoes this sentiment, saying that “Lea was caught in the crossfire between showrunners and Naya. None of the cast, including Lea, are particularly happy about the situation, and none of the staff were calling for her termination.”
No matter the reasoning, it looks like Naya will certainly be a no-show in the Season 5 finale. It’s sure to have put a kink in the initial production plan, as Heather Morris’s return seemed to be largely revolved around Brittany’s relationship with Santana.
What will happen come the May 13 finale? Only time will tell. Until then, we wish Naya and the Glee cast the best of luck as they deal with these unexpected issues.