The FOX Network released a statement to the Associated Press yesterday, stating that Glee star, Naya Rivera, is still under contract to the series.
“There is no truth to the rumor Naya has been fired from the show. She remains under contract to Glee,” reads the statement.
When Naya was dismissed from Glee on April 15, the show was wrapping up their last two episodes. She was completely written out of the series finale, titled “The Rachel Berry Project”, and it’s unclear if the Chris Colfer penned episode, “Old Dog New Tricks”, which was still in production at the time, had to be re-worked to accommodate her abrupt departure (FOX promos reveal that Naya IS in the episode. The question is whether scenes had to be cut or written).
Remaining technically under contract, while being written off the show (My source says her number was taken off the trailer the night she was let go) are not mutually exclusive.
Don’t be surprised if, in the next couple of weeks, FOX announces that Naya won’t be returning as a series regular for the sixth and final season. It’s possible that all parties will kiss and makeup between now and the June 30th deadline for renewing Glee contracts. But considering that Naya reportedly didn’t want to return to Glee next season anyway (and that’s before the onset incident that set Naya’s dismissal in motion) I would be VERY surprised if her series regular contract is renewed.
If she doesn’t return as a series regular, and some fences are mended, she could possibly return as a guest star for some episodes, as Dianna Agron, Harry Shrum Jr., Heather Morris, and Amber Riley have done. I hope so. Despite the negative Naya news I’ve been reporting, I’m still a big fan.
In the meantime, Naya has kicked off the summer with some revealing bikini photos posted to her instagram: