‘Glee’ Shakeup: Five Original Cast Members are Out

Santana (Naya Rivera, L) and Brittany (Heather Morris, R) perform in the "Saturday Night Glee-ver" episode of Glee (Adam Rose/FOX)

Some of “Glee’s” initial cast members have been dropped as series regulars on the musical Fox show.

TVLine reports that Heather Morris, Mark Salling, Amber Riley, Dianna Agron and Harry Shum, Jr. are all off the show, although they may show up in guest appearances for an episode or two next season.

The loss of Mercedes, Puck, Heather and Mike in addition to Quinn ends an era for the series, with all five now “graduated” from the show’s high school. Each of the five actors was part of the initial series when it launched in 2009.

“Glee” returns with Season 5 on Thursday, Sept. 19.

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