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Demi Lovato (left) played Dani on "Glee." She was Santana's (Naya Rivera, right) love interest. Fox


  • Naya Rivera's dad, George, talked about his daughter's working dynamic with Lea Michele in "The Price of Glee"
  • He claimed the two co-stars were "always" fighting and everybody on the "Glee" set witnessed it
  • George said Naya and Michele also "respected each other's talent"

Naya Rivera's father, George Rivera, recalled the off-screen drama between his late daughter and her former "Glee" co-star Lea Michele in the new docuseries "The Price Of Glee."

The Investigation Discovery documentary dropped all three episodes Monday. It features appearances by former crew members and others who were close to the "Glee" cast throughout its six seasons, including Naya's dad, George.

According to George, the only person his daughter had "trouble with" on set was the 36-year-old "Scream Queens" alum. He claimed that Naya — who died at age 33 in 2020 after an accidental drowning — and Michele were constantly feuding while filming.

"There was always a fight between them. Always. Everybody knew. Everybody saw it," George claimed in the docuseries, Us Weekly reported. "They hated each other but, at the same time, respected each other's talent."

The documentary also discussed the allegations brought against Michele by her former co-star Samantha Ware in June 2020.

At the time, Ware called out Michele after the latter tweeted about the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd. Ware alleged that the Tony nominee made "Glee" "a living hell" after unleashing "traumatic microagressions" on set.

Ware wasn't the only "Glee" alum to come forward with allegations. Heather Morris, who played Brittany Pierce on the hit Fox series, also claimed that Michele was "unpleasant to work with."

"Let me be very clear, Hate is a disease in America that we are trying to cure, so I would never wish for hate to be spread to anyone else," Morris wrote on Twitter at the time. "With that said, was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out."

Morris shared more details when she appeared in the "Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino" podcast. She claimed that Michele had an attitude and that "the only person who was honest about it was Naya."

Dabier Snell, who had a minor role in a 2014 episode, called Michele "fake" and said that he had "bad memories of being less than on the set of 'Glee,'" including the actress allegedly not allowing him to sit at the same table as other cast members.

"Ru Paul's Drag Race" contestant Willam Belli claimed that Michele treated him "so subhuman" on the set of "Glee" that he left.

After being called out by several of her former castmates, Michele took to Instagram to issue an apology. She insisted that she has never judged others by their background or skin color but accepted that she may have hurt them.

"Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused," she wrote.

Several former Fox stars spoke out against "The Price of Glee" before it aired Monday. Kevin McHale tweeted in December 2022 that no cast members were directly involved with the project, calling it "trash."

Chord Overstreet also slammed the "bulls–t" production during an appearance on the "Elvis Duran Show," saying: "I think anybody that knows anything about that show and experienced it doesn't have anything to do with that from what I know. We're all really close and pretty much like family. Nobody knows anything about that. I think it's a little bit of like just trying to get people to watch something."

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Lea Michele attends the NFL Honors on Feb. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Christopher Polk/Getty Images