Glum cloud over Glee
ON screen, the students at William Mckinley High School look like they’re having a ball but are they really?
Rumours swirling about the set suggest the cast are locked in a battle with the show’s creator and executive- producer Ryan Murphy.
US Weekly reported an unnamed source close to the set as saying the cast are unhappy with 16- hour working days, frustrated they don’t get any money from the show’s itunes sales and the source alleges that Murphy threatened to fire one of star Lea Michele’s friends in the cast after he learnt she didn’t want to appear on the cast’s multi- city US tour.
‘‘ Things are really bad on the set,’’ the insider was quoted as saying.
‘‘ The cast talks about how much they love Ryan, but they have grown to hate him.’’
However, the cast has dismissed the claims, with Chris Colfer ( pictured), who plays Kurt Hummel, calling them nothing more than ‘‘ rumours’’.
‘‘ It’s people trying to create a story,’’ he says. ‘‘ I assure you that’s all that it is. Really, it’s not true.’’
Actress Naya Rivera, who plays lesbian character Santana in the series, took to Twitter. ‘‘ The malicious things being written about Ryan Murphy are so sad and false. I’m proud to work for such a talented man!’’
In other Glee news, Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin will join the cast for a Latino- themed episode in the new year.
Estefan will play Santana’s mother and Martin will play a Spanish teacher.
The Livin’ la Vida Loca singer is expected to have a recurring role. GLEE, TDT, Wednesday, 7.30pm