Ryan Murphy Confirms 'Glee's' Madonna Sequel In The Works, Talks Newsweek Controversy

Madonna, Sue Slyvester (Jane Lynch) Madonna, Sue Slyvester (Jane Lynch)

It’s official – the music of Madonna will be coming back to “Glee.”

Series head honcho Ryan Murphy confirmed the rumors on Monday at the Peabody Awards in New York City.

“We are, we’re doing a sequel to the Madonna [episode],” he told Access Hollywood.

Earlier this season, “Glee” broke tradition and devoted an entire episode to only Madonna songs, but the date when Madonna will reign supreme for a second time, musically anyway, on the show is the only thing that has to be nailed down. When asked if it will occur next season, Murphy said, “Probably. Yeah.”

Madonna is a fan of the show, after having watched it with her teenage daughter, Lourdes, and the rumors continue to run rampant that she will make a cameo on the hit FOX program.

“I can’t say,” Ryan told Access about Madge’s rumored role. “But she’s sort of the muse of our show, I think now.” She loves the show and has supported it. She gets the show is about arts education and so she’s very supportive about that.”

In related “Glee” news, Newsweek Associate Editor Ramin Setoodeh recently sparked a controversy after penning an article – “Straight Jacket” – where he suggested gay actors, like Sean Hayes in Broadway’s “Promises, Promises,” and “Glee’s” Jonathan Groff, are unconvincing as heterosexual males on screen.

Ryan was one of the stars to speak out, demanding Newsweek issue an apology. He also invited the writer to visit the “Glee” writer’s room as a means of education.

“I spoke out personally about that article because basically, I was personally offended by it because the thesis statement of that article to me was that gay actors who are out of the closet can only play gay characters and you know, it’s basically saying that brunettes can only play brunettes,” Ryan told Access on Monday. “I just thought it was nuts and we work really hard on our show to do diversified casting. Anybody can read for any role we do. We cast colorblind, we always have.

“Instead of just slapping down that writer, I thought it would be interesting for him to come into our process and educate him and maybe he can write articles about the process instead of attacking him,” he added.

Ryan added that he’s hoping Ramin’s visit will help show the writer more viewpoints.

“I think that that article was unfortunate and look, I do believe in freedom of the press, and I believe anybody can write what they want to, but there are consequences sometimes and it’s my freedom to speak out against those views,” Ryan continued. “So I did and he’s gonna come to visit us and we’re going to be very polite and kind and he’s going to meet, when he comes, a lot of gay producers, writers, actors, who hopefully will educate him for our point of view.”

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