Naya Rivera Leaving Glee Next Season

Naya Rivera Leaving Glee - Glee will lose Rivera at the end of the 3rd season. She plays evil cheerleader Santana Lopez on Fox’s musical hit show. She is among four characters that will not be back next season.

Trying to stay true to real life timelines the show will be graduating several of the cast members from the high school they attend on the show. Other cast members who were previously announced to graduate where Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith. Though it was originally thought, the cast members would be leaving the show due to their graduating, co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk said: “They are not done with the show after this season.”

“Because they’re graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t just say, ‘We’re going to let you go.’ ” Falchuk noted that there are a number of “Glee” kids, with some seniors and some juniors, like Jenna Ushkowitz, and a “number of original people are not graduating.”

It was never our plan, it was never our intention to let them go,” Falchuk said. Rivera said she hoped Santana would live on, outside the confines of high school. “Hopefully she gets into some type of college, but I think she’s going to be a hot mess in college,” she said.

The series was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, who first conceived Glee as a film.

According to Wikipedia, the first season was nominated for nineteen Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, six Satellite Awards and fifty-seven other awards, with wins including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, and Emmy awards for Jane Lynch, guest-star Neil Patrick Harris and Murphy’s direction of the pilot episode.

In 2011, the show once again won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer won Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively; Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele also received nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 8, 2021
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