UPDATE (5/5/2014): FOX has finally weighed in on the Naya Rivera drama, saying, “She remains under contract to Glee.” Welp, guess that settles it — at least for the time being.
UPDATE (4/30/14): There’s still no official word from FOX, but Naya’s rep has been on damage control, telling E! Online, The Hollywood Reporter, TVLine, and TV Guide that the rumors are all false.
“Any reports or rumors circulating that Naya Rivera was let go or fired from Glee are absolutely untrue. End of story,” the rep told the outlets.
E! Online took it a step further and quoted a source who corroborated that Naya had been written out of the Season 5 finale, but that “her not being in the finale has nothing to do with Lea.” So that part is true then, it seems!
RadarOnline.com is adding fuel to the fire, though, speaking with a source that claims Naya is “not allowed on the Glee set anymore.”
It’s hard to know for sure if Naya is actually fired or not, especially since network and show execs have yet to speak out. Maybe the rep is telling the truth that she’s not fired... At least notyet.
Original story (4/29/14): The rumor mill is working overtime today, Gleeks. Many outlets are reporting that Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez) was fired from Glee and got herself written out of the Season 5 finale after a drama-filled day on the set earlier this month. While this terrible news hasn’t been confirmed by the Powers That Be, it isn’t the first time she’s been reported to be leaving the show. Here’s a look at what everyone is saying.
Let’s start with TMZ, who was the first to report that drama had gone down on April 17 between Naya and Lea Michele (Rachel Berry). These two divas reportedly went toe-to-toe on the set, leading to Naya being fired on the spot, according to multiple tips.
After a few days of that festering, Us Weekly added fuel to the fire with insiders opening up about Naya and Lea’s constant feuding. “They’re always icy to each other,” a show source told the mag. “Naya is jealous that Lea is the show’s main star… There is a lot of sighing and eye-rolling between them.”
Another source told Us that “they talk behind each other’s backs — a lot.” Yikes, that doesn’t sound good, right?
A few days later, on April 28, the co-founder of PopWrapped tweeted that he had gotten confirmation that Naya was fired, saying, “I have CONFIRMED that Naya Rivera WILL NOT be appearing in the #GLEE Season 5 Finale as originally planned. Stay-tuned for more details.” Page Six and the New York Daily News have also jumped on board this claim.
That would mean that Naya was written out of the May 13 finale, which is totally possible since the show is still filming that episode. This is a little awkward since Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce) is set to return for the episode and is filming for it right now. No word on what this might mean for Brittana's storyline.
What has Naya said about these rumors? Nothing yet. But if her latest tweet is to be believed, she’s very much a part of the Glee family. “SO excited to watch Glee tonight! #doowop #shirleymaclaine #fancy,” she wrote on April 29.
Stay tuned for more as this story develops!
Will the show be the same without Naya? Will you continue to watch? Hit the comments and sound off!
Glee airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.