Naya Rivera’s swan song on “Glee” might have come earlier than expected. The actress-singer reportedly has been booted off the popular Fox series.
The firing comes just a few days after reports surfaced of an on-set argument between Rivera and co-star Lea Michele. But a source with the show told the New York Daily News that Michele did not have a say in the dismissal.
“One co-star would not have any power in whether another returns to the show,” the insider said. Instead, the “Glee” bosses apparently were fed up with the on-set tension.
There are a couple of important things here to report now when it comes to “Glee” season 5, but let us start with something that we know has become a hot subject of debate as of late: Whether or not the fifth season of the show is going to be made up of 22 episodes. There were rumors running around that the order may be shortened to 19 episodes, and it was easier to buy into these “rumors” than most discussions of such things. Why? Think along the lines of the fact that there was the hiatus after the Cory Monteith tragedy, and that production time loss may have just meant that Fox decided to just go with a shorter order.
However, TVLine confirms today that there will still be 22 episodes in this fifth season, with the back nine of them being (as we know already) more New York-centered stories compared to ones that put the life and times of McKinley High into perspective.
On a chilly Los Angeles morning, Naya Rivera arrives at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf looking every inch the star in a black wool DVF coat over a camouflage print dress, Saint Laurent boots, and oversize Chanel sunglasses that never come off. Her thick black hair, which has been blown straight, cascades over her shoulders. What really turns heads, though, is her ginormous engagement ring, a cushion-cut sparkler, which looks like a six-carat stunner, surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds. In October, her boyfriend, rapper Sean Michael Anderson, a.k.a. “Big Sean,” proposed, and Rivera is still basking in the excitement of her news. “I think he’s going to be an amazing husband, and he’ll make a great father someday,” she gushes. “He’s so kind to people, but he also wears the pants in our relationship, which I love. We Latinas are very independent and strong, so it’s even sweeter that I’ve found somebody who can let me out of that role for a minute.”
The two met in the most modern of ways: on Twitter. Bored at work, Rivera decided to follow the rapper, whom she’d recently admired in a sexy GQ spread. Anderson, who was touring overseas at the time, was alerted to the nod by her million-plus followers, as well as his assistant, an avid Glee fan who also happens to be Puerto Rican. “She told him, ‘I’m Puerto Rican, she’s Puerto Rican; it sounds like you’d have so much fun with her,’” Rivera recalls. Anderson pulled up an episode of Glee to check Rivera out, liked what he saw, and sent her a private message. At first, Rivera was skeptical that he was the real thing: “Even though he had the verified check mark, I kept thinking, this could be a fan. I have to be careful what I say.”
Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Naya Rivera, and the rest of the “Glee” cast have relocated to New York City for rest of season five.
The cast and crew of the Fox TV show will permanently stay there, it was reported.
Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said that the show won’t be split between Lima, Ohio, and New York, and it will only be set in NYC.
“We do have it through next season, and that will be its final season. He’s [Ryan Murphy] got some fantastic ideas on what we’re going to do next year for the final year,” he said.
Reilly added that some characters on the show will be leaving McKinley High behind.
“Some are going to be graduating and moving; creatively, it would be ridiculous that everybody moves to New York,” he told EW.com.
“There will be some that will graduate and move on and they’ll arc back in when we do special episodes. They’ll always be a part of it… But for this season, there will be a graduation, several of the cast members will move on and a few others will go to New York.”
A number of fans have called on the show’s producers to move the setting permanently to New York.
He said the sixth season of “Glee” will be the final one.
It’s been quite some time since there was any Brittany/Santana action on “Glee.” On Jan 18, Matt Carter shared a spoiler from Naya Rivera who plays Santana.
Heather Morris who plays Brittany was away from the show because she was expecting her first child. This was covered in the story by an unbelievable MIT scholarship Brittany got and accepted. It appears Morris is set to return.
It is unclear what here scenes will entail but we do know they will involve Santana to some extent. Naya posted on her Twitter account that fans should look for some kind of “Brittana shocker.”