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FOX Network Addresses Naya Rivera Rumors, Actress Not Fired From 'Glee'

Much to the relief of fans, Naya Rivera is still very much a “Gleek.”

In a statement released by the Fox network finally spoke out against the rumors that have ran rampant over the last week that the 27-year-old “Glee” star had been fired from the show after five years.

“There is no truth to the rumor Naya has been fired from the show,” said the statement released to the Associated Press. “She remains under contact to ‘Glee.’”

Rivera plays Santana Lopez, a lesbian glee club member, on the popular musical dramedy.

Over the last week she has been the subject of numerous reports and rumors surrounding her on-set relationship with co-star Lea Michele and alleged altercations that led to her being fired. It was also reported that Rivera had been written out of the fifth season finale episode.

A publicist for the actress addressed rumors in various statements throughout the week, saying all reports were false.

“To be clear, any rumors or statements made as fact, that Naya Rivera was fired or let go from ‘Glee’ or dropped from her recording contact (with Columbia Records) are categorically false,” Rivera’s rep said in a statement. “Someone obviously has an agenda to damage Naya’s good name and the media is failing at their duty to responsibly vet their sources and verify what is true and what is not. Naya’s attorneys are prepared to take any and all legal action to enforce and protect her rights.”

A publicist for Michele, also 27, said her client would not comment on Rivera, but the actress did reveal “Glee” had its fifth-season wrap party Friday night.

For her part, Rivera broke her silence via Twitter on Friday, thanking her fans.

“To the best fans in the world, thank you for all the (heart)! Don’t ever let the he say she say get you down,” she tweeted. “Whether it’s in school, home, or all over the Internet lol. Hold your head high, stay true to yourself, and know you are loved! Xo.”

The show's fifth-season finale is set to air stateside May 20. Show co-creator Ryan Murphy has said the series' sixth season will be its last.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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