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Naya Rivera leaving 'Glee'? Here's why we'll miss Santana

Santana was just learning how to be a good friend, too.

News broke April 29 that Naya Rivera — who’s played Santana Lopez on Glee for the past five seasons — is leaving the show, and won’t even be in the fifth season finale. (For what it’s worth: Rivera’s rep said she wasn’t fired; a rep for the show declined to comment to EW). And in Tuesday’s finale, Santana was nowhere to be found. (The show’s explanation: She was “shooting a Yeast-i-Stat commercial in Iowa for a week.”) While fans will have to wait and see if this was indeed Santana’s last stand, there’s no time like the present to look back at highlights featuring one of McKinley High’s most memorable alums.

Watching recent episodes — in which Santana covered for Rachel on Broadway in Funny Girl (!) — it’s easy to forget that when the show originally premiered in 2009, Naya Rivera’s character was something like its fifth female lead. But fans quickly fell in love with Santana: Her rapid-fire insults, slowly-developing relationship with Brittany, and, of course, her smokey pipes all made her a favorite. She became part of Glee‘s original core eight before really breaking out in the show’s later years, moving to New York with Kurt and Rachel before everyone else decided to do the same thing. READ FULL STORY

Naya Rivera sings 'If I Die Young' for Cory Monteith tribute on 'Glee': Listen here

Man, this week’s Glee is going to be tough to watch.

On Thursday, the show will officially say farewell to Finn Hudson — and, by extension, to Cory Monteith, who died after taking a lethal heroin-alcohol mix in July. The song list for this special episode will include “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent, Adele’s version of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” — sung by Monteith’s on- and off-screen girlfriend Lea Michele — and The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young,” performed by Monteith’s costar Naya Rivera. All proceeds generated by the tribute’s music will go to Project Limelight Society, an arts organization in Monteith’s native Canada.

MTV premiered Rivera’s emotional cover earlier today. Get a first listen of it below — and then get a box of tissues ready.

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That is so fetch: Tina Fey wants Mariah Carey for 'Mean Girls' musical -- We cast other characters

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While talking to E! Online on the red carpet at the SAG Awards, Tina Fey mentioned that she thought Mariah Carey could star in her Mean Girls musical. (She told EW of her plans to turn her hit film into a musical back in our September cover story.)

“Maybe she can play Amy Poehler’s part,” Fey joked, after discussing Mariah’s knowledge of the film.

Mariah Carey as Mrs. George? She certainly has the singing voice for the role. But who else would we cast in our perfect production of Mean Girls? READ FULL STORY

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