Glum cloud over Glee

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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

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