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When “Glee” dedicates a Season 5 episode to a memorial for Cory Monteith, one pivotal person will be missing. Dianna Agron, the actress who has played Quinn since the show’s premiere, was not invited to return for episode 3 of the new season.

She quite possibly won’t return at all for Season 5.

The news comes from an interview with the New York Post in which Agron discusses upcoming projects in addition to the “Glee” topics. That interview makes it clear that the actress was crushed by the news of Monteith’s unexpected death from an accidental drug overdose.

“This year, I’ve had some of the biggest cries of my entire life,” Agron said. “It hasn’t completely hit in yet. It’s one of the strangest things that has ever happened to me … He was truly one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met in my entire life, and that’s something that everybody can say about him, you know?”

Given Agron’s personal feelings — and keeping in mind that, at the beginning of the show, Quinn dated Monteith’s character of Finn Hudson — it’s somewhat strange that she won’t be returning. What is the reason? The actress does not seem to know herself and didn’t offer any comments when asked about it.

“[‘Glee’] is always going to be a part of me and with me and I would always go back,” Agron said when asked about the substantial reduction of her role on the show. “It’s not necessarily about a departure. It’s about what it’s imparted to me and what it’s given me.”

Although Dianna Agron won’t be back to say goodbye to Finn, most of the rest of the now-recurring cast will make an appearance. Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jayma Mays, Harry Schum Jr., Dot-Marie Jones, Mike O’Malley and Romy Rosemont (who plays Finn’s mother) are all expected to appear. Other than Agron, the only major absence expected is Heather Morris (Brittany).

“Glee” Season 5 premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on FOX.

Posted by:Laurel Brown