A rep for the Santana depicter calls reports about her being axed from the show 'absolutely untrue,' while a source says her exclustion from the season finale 'has nothing to do' with Lea Michele.
Naya Rivera is not fired from "Glee" yet. The actress, who has joined the musical drama series since the first season, was earlier reported being let go following rumors of a tension on the set, but her representative says in a statement, "Any reports or rumors circulating that Naya Rivera was let go or fired from Glee are absolutely untrue. End of story."
The rep, however, does not address report saying that Rivera is written out of the season 5 finale. She was initially set to be part of the May 13 episode, but her character Santana Lopez has been written out of the script following a disagreement with producers on April 15 and somehow Lea Michele "was caught in the crossfire between showrunners, and Naya."
Sources, however, deny Michele's involvement in the on-set spat. "She went off," a source tells NY Daily News. "But it had nothing to do with Lea." An insider also tells E! News, "[Naya] isn't fired and her not being in the finale has nothing to do with Lea. I don't know where these stories are coming from, but they are not true."
Rivera's future on the show has not been decided yet. Another insider says, "We love Naya and want only the best for her. Hopefully we can work it out." The insider adds, "We all needed a moment," and the break is "best for everyone."
PopWrapped earlier reported that Rivera was axed from the season 5 finale and was "not slated to be a part of season 6 in any way." It was also said that her trailer had "already been completely emptied" and "her pass to get on the Paramount lot revoked."
There's only one episode left before the season 6 finale of "Glee". Next week, the show will return with "Old Dog, New Tricks" on May 6 at 8/7c on FOX. In the episode written by series star Chris Colfer, Rachel attempts to salvage her reputation among Broadway gossipers by hiring Santana as her publicist and creating a charity for rescue animals. Meanwhile, Kurt nabs the lead role in a retirement home production of "Peter Pan".
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