After much speculation and rumors of an offscreen feud, Naya Rivera will be back for Glee‘s sixth and final season. TVLine reports that the actress, who portrays Santana Lopez in the Fox comedy, will be returning as a recurring guest star — something specifically requested by Rivera which producers obliged.
Rivera’s status change follows castmates Amber Riley and Jenna Ushkowitz‘s own contractual tweaks, which saw their statuses change from series regular to recurring stars while their characters continued to maintain an active presence onscreen.
The news of Rivera’s return comes on the heels of co-star Chris Colfer‘s tweet that he had been “let go” by producers. The actor has since deleted his announcement with reps claiming that his Twitter had been hacked.