For anyone who’s blindsided by this news, you should be aware that Naya and her costar Lea Michele have supposedly been feuding for quite a while, and things have intensified this month specifically. There have been repeated rumors of friction, which apparently came to a head on April 15th, when there was allegedly a ‘major altercation’ between the two of them on set. It’s not clear what exactly took place, but sources state that Naya was escorted from the set of the FOX series, and that even when filming resumed at a later date, the situation had apparently not improved. According to a source:
“They’re always icy to each other. Naya is jealous that Lea is the show’s main star… There is a lot of sighing and eye-rolling between them. They talk behind each other’s backs – a lot.”
While it sounds like they weren’t outwardly hostile, I imagine that it amounted to a lot of drama that the producers could do without on set. And since Lea is the more popular and integral to the show of the two, Naya had to go. Apparently it really was a spur of the moment decision though, as according to reports, Naya was originally supposed to appear in the season five finale, which she’s currently being written out of.
Her status for the sixth and final season was always up in the air, but producer Brad Falchuk had previously confirmed that Naya would appear in episode twenty, to air on May 13th, with her character Santana singing alongside Mercedes, played by Amber Riley, and Brittany, played by Heather Morris, but that’s clearly no longer happening.
Not that surprising when you consider the fact that the episode is called ‘The Rachel Berry Project’. Removing Lea from that episode, and the series in general, would’ve been a way more ambitious rewrite, and nobody likes extra work. While it is upsetting, this is really the only way an on-set feud between those two actresses in particular could have gone, don’t you think?
Fans of the show disagree though, obviously, and have started #NoNayaNoGlee trending on Twitter. Sweet intentions, but all I have to say is ‘good luck with that’, given that when one of the show’s leads, Cory Monteith, died tragically of an overdose, not only did they continue the show without him, but they shot an entire episode exploiting his death. It was called ‘The Quarterback’, and it had more to do with saying goodbye to his character Finn Hudson than about mourning the actual man who played him.
But anyway, I digress. No matter how you feel about Naya, you have to admit that she’s having a helluva year, first with her engagement to Big Sean dissolving, and now losing the job that made her famous in the first place. Sucks.
And Lea Michele, what do you have to say for yourself?
Yup. That’s kind of what I figured. When all the world burns and there is nothing left, there will still be Lea Michele, and she will still be on Glee. It is known.