Naya Rivera is still a Gleek.
“There is no truth to the rumor Naya has been fired from the show,” the Fox Network noted in a statement released to the Associated Press Saturday night, which concluded, “She remains under contract to ‘Glee.’ ”
Rivera plays Santana Lopez, a lesbian glee club member, on the popular musical drama.
Before “Glee” actress Lea Michele arrived Saturday morning at the premiere of her latest film, the animated “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” a publicist for Michele said her client would not comment on co-star Rivera, the subject of numerous rumors and reports over the last week.
But Michele did reveal “Glee” had a fifth-season wrap gathering Friday night.
It’s been a difficult year for the series’ cast and crew, in the wake of the July 2013 overdose death of actor Cory Monteith, who had been romantically linked to Michele.
“I have to say I owe so much to the cast of ‘Glee,’ ” Michele said. “Loss is a horrendous thing, and if it wasn’t for their constant support, and, every day going to work and knowing that I had this safety net underneath me, has gotten me to where I am right now.
So, I’m beyond grateful for ‘Glee.’ ”
The show’s fifth-season finale is set to air stateside May 13. Show co-creator Ryan Murphy has said the series’ sixth season will be its last.
Cheech, Chong may reunite for film
Actor and comedian Cheech Marin said he and longtime comedy partner Tommy Chong may soon reunite on film.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Marin made the comments Friday while launching an exhibit of his art collection at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in southern New Mexico.
The 67-year-old, known as one half of “Cheech & Chong,” said there have been discussions about starting a project within the next year.
Meanwhile, the two have been touring together.
An avid collector, Marin met with artists and local high school students before the exhibit’s opening.
“Chicanitas: Small Paints from the Cheech Marin Collection” features 70 paintings by 29 Chicano artists.
Marin has plans to open similar exhibits in other cities as part of a “Chicanitas” tour, including one in France.
The birthday bunch
Actress Pat Carroll is 87. Actor Michael Murphy is 76. Actor Lance Henriksen is 74. Comedian-actor Michael Palin is 71. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 70. Rock correspondent Kurt Loder is 69. Actor Richard E. Grant is 57. Actress Tina Yothers is 41. Actress Danielle Fishel is 33. Soul singer Adele is 26. Rock singer Skye Sweetnam is 26.