You may have heard Naya Rivera was fired from Glee. If so, her publicist would like you to know she has not been fired from Glee. You may have heard Naya Rivera has been at war with co-star Lea Michele and may also be feuding with producers. If so, well, I guess you’ll have to make up your own mind about that.
After weeks of progressively more serious rumors, the actress’ representative decided to go on record yesterday to clear the air about the most serious whisper of all: that Rivera had been canned from Glee. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the rep blasted the firing story and assured fans the actress will still be around.
"Any reports or rumors circulating that Naya Rivera was let go or fired from Glee are absolutely untrue. End of story."
That statement, however, has done nothing to stop the gossip wave. US Weekly reported this morning that Rivera’s contract hasn’t been picked up, which isn’t exactly the same thing as firing someone. No one directly involved with the show has commented publicly, however; so, it’s all just speculation and conjecture at this point.
That conjecture started with whispers of Rivera and co-star Lea Michele allegedly not getting along. The two of them supposedly had words on set, and those words allegedly spiraled into a full-on feud. If the whispers are to be believed, that animosity was annoying but tolerable for producers. Over the last month, though, that negative attitude allegedly spread to her dealings with behind the scenes workers, which pushed the matter to another level.
When Glee first hit the airwaves, the show was praised for its harmonious spirit and zealous attempts to be as inclusive as possible. Gay, straight, man, woman, skinny, overweight, the show found a place for everyone. Unfortunately, over the past few years, much of that happy shine has started to wear off. Principal actor Cory Monteith tragically passed away from a drug overdose, and rumors of on-set problems kicked into another gear.
With only one season left of Glee, it would be a real shame if Naya Rivera wasn’t a part of the action. She’s played a crucial role over the years, and fans deserve to see her story arc ended properly. That being said, if she really has been a terror on the set, it’s not entirely unfair of producers to give her the boot. Work environments are always better when they’re pleasant.
We’ll keep you updated on this situation as more information becomes available. Until then, take every rumor with a grain of salt.