The rumors of a rift between Dianna Agron and the cast and crew of Glee continue to intensify. As the Cory Monteith tribute episode gets closer to air, fans are still left wondering: Why isn’t Dianna in it? Dianna’s character of Quinn was Finn’s girlfriend for much of the show and to exclude her didn’t make sense.
Now, new rumors are suggesting that the actress was purposefully left out of the episode.
It all started this week when showrunner Ryan Murphy revealed that anyone who had asked to appear was allowed to, suggesting that Dianna had simply not asked.
“What I loved about it is, you know when you write something like that, there’s no right way to do it, so we wrote it and we put people who were under contract to the show in it, and a lot of the actors contacted me and said, ‘I just love him so much — can I please be a part of it?’” Ryan explains. “So we put those people in.”
“Iqbal [Theba], for example, who plays the principal and is now the janitor, was not written into that episode, but personally called up [co-creator] Brad [Falchuk] and I and said, ‘For him, I want to be in it,” Ryan continues.
Then, a new report from Radaronline (take that for what you will) revealed a source on the show says Dianna Agron is simply not welcome back on the set.
RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned it’s because co-stars and even the co-creator of the show just don’t like her.
According to a high-level source on the hit Fox show, other cast members who were not contracted for the current season came back to appear on the tribute episode, but not Agron.
“It’s shocking, because even though she’s not contracted for this season, many other actors returned to pay tribute to Cory…even ones with less of a story connection to Finn than Diana had!” the source told Radar.
“Remember, she played his GIRLFRIEND on the series, and was a major part of his storyline.”
The insider reveals that Monteith’s girlfriend, Lea Michele, and co-creator, Ryan Murphy, ”intensely dislike Dianna and have both worked to marginalize her as much as possible.”
“They never saw her as a team player,” the insider added.
“They simply did not want her sharing the glory for this very special episode.”
I’m not sure how much I believe this. Thankfully, E! was quick to put the rumors surrounding Dianna Agron to rest:
Rumors began swirling this week that the blond beauty wasn’t on good terms with her former cast members since leaving the hit Fox show.
But that’s just not so, a source who works on the series tells E! News.
“She is still very much a part of the Glee family and always welcome,” the insider explained.
A second source says that that speculation of a rift between Agron and the current stars of Glee is “not true at all.”
Case in point? Agron was invited to (and attended) Cory Monteith‘s private memorial service in late July.
Those who participated in the emotional celebration of Monteith’s life included Glee cast and crew, writers and producers, Fox execs, close friends and family of the late actor. Some of Lea Michele‘s close friends also flew in for it to support her and to remember Monteith.
Show insiders say that Agron’s absence in the Monteith tribute episode is strictly based on scheduling issues and nothing more.