We were shocked to hear that original Glee cast member Dianna Agron (Quinn) won’t appear in this week’s Glee Season 5, Episode 3, a tribute to Cory Monteith. Last week, Glee creator Ryan Murphy alluded to a possible reason why. But now we’re hearing a report of another, more drama-filled explanation. Radar Online is reporting that Dianna’s absence had nothing to do with Dianna no longer being a regular cast member. Instead, the site says that Dianna’s character Quinn wasn’t written into the tribute episode because members of the cast and crew didn’t want her there. Lea Michele and Ryan Murphy at the Premiere of Glee The 3D Concert Movie in Los Angeles on August 6, 2011 Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images A source says that both Lea Michele (Rachel) and show creator Ryan Murphy “intensely dislike Dianna and have both worked to marginalize her as much as possible.” Yeah, we’ll let that sink in. “They never saw her as a team player,” the insider continues, and “they simply did not want her sharing the glory for this very special episode.” “It’s shocking [that Dianna isn’t in the episode], 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 Dianna had!” the source says. “Remember, she played his girlfriend on the series, and was a major part of his storyline.” Don’t worry: We remember. Ryan had seemingly offered a more diplomatic reason for Dianna not being included when he said last week that any cast members who really wanted to be involved could have contacted him about it. For her part, Dianna previously said she was “surprised” to not be asked to appear in the tribute. So bearing in mind that this report might not have much truth to it, what do you think of the rumor? Given that Quinn was such a key figure in Finn’s storyline, it would make sense that something big, like a strong personality difference, is behind Dianna’s absence. So do you wish Dianna and the show had put their differences aside? Or do you trust Ryan and Lea’s judgment here?
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