Glee Exclusive: Jonathan Groff Returns to [Major Spoiler Alert]!

Remember me telling you a few weeks back that there were no current plans for Jonathan Groff to reprise his role as Rachel’s evil ex Jesse St. James this season on Glee?

Those plans have changed — big time.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that the fan favorite has closed a deal to return for this season’s final three episodes.

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Groff exited Glee at the end of Season 1 when the Vocal Adrenaline frontman’s diabolical scheme to infiltrate and bring down New Directions was revealed. Next thing you know Jesse’s back with VA and Rachel’s heart is in tatters.

“He’s back to apologize to Rachel,” confides a source close to the show, “and perhaps get her back.”

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Thoughts? Pumped Lea Michele’s real-life BFF is back? Do you hope Jesse succeeds in winning back Rachel? Hit the comments!

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  1. Lee says:

    Finchel is honestly a ridiculous shipper I’ve ever seen, there not meant to be together. Rachel’s meant to be a star while Finn will be stuck in Ohio. St.Berry needs to be fixed already, if it’s just for closure I’m happy. If he becomes a series regular even better;and if not I can hope for Puckleberry than. But in truth Rachel needs a meale lead who can match her and it’s not Finn.

  2. Garnet_and_Gold47 says:

    No way should he win her back. He cracked an egg on her head. That is just not something a guy does to a girl he “loves.” He’s just a jerk that needs to be put into his place. Though I am excited about the drama he will stir up, just as long as Jesse and Rachel do not end up together.

  3. Meg says:

    OMG! I am crossing my fingers for a sing off between Jesse and Blaine… I don’t know what sort of crazy storyline would have to happen for that, but its my dream and I’m sticking with it. Both are supermegafoxyawesomehot and it would be hilarious. Maybe a montage of Rachel’s men… maybe with the nosejob storyline?

  4. Mykey716 says:

    I’m surprised to realize that I don’t care about Finn/Rachel/Quinn relationship at all. It’s become more of a distraction and I guess since they’ve all been so whiny and conniving in their relationships, I stopped caring.
    I’m more interested in what’s going on with Santana/Britney & Sam!!
    (Seems Ryan Murphy forgets he has other cast members involved and they get pushed to a back burner….)
    As far as J Groff….glad to have him back for his vocals and hopefully put an end to some of the relationship drama…

  5. Katie says:

    St.Berry is back!!!! OMG this is the best day ever!

  6. bleedie codswallop says:

    Ugh. I’m tired of Finchel.I prefer Quinn for Finn, and Rachel has always been better off with bad boys (ie, Puck and Jesse). Go St. Berry!

  7. laura says:

    Wasnt Jesse in his final year for last years regionals? so shouldnt he be out of highschool now?

  8. Erin says:

    Jonathan Groff and Darren Criss dueting would be the greatest thing this show has ever done.

  9. Mindy says:

    Jonathan Groff is better than any of the New Directions kids. He is even better than Darren Criss. He is awesome. Can’t wait to hear him sing on this show again. So glad Glee is attempting to give his story a better resolution.

  10. mike says:

    Good move, he was great in the role and the show is getting a bit stale.

  11. mel says:

    PLEASE! I miss St Berry so much, they are perfect for each other, and i cant stand finchel.
    Jon Groff is awesome, he needs to come backk

  12. heather says:

    Please let Rachel and Jesse get back together, love them!!!
    As for Finn this is just what he needs :-D

  13. Soni says:

    Super excited when I heard the news! Love Jonathan Groff, had been wishing he would return.
    Love Jessie and Rachel together. I’ve actually never liked Rachel and Finn. Don’t like Finn period.

    Hope Jessie stays as a regular. Can’t wait!

  14. debbie says:

    thanks god Jesse’s back!!!!
    he’s the best one in there!!!!
    i missed him a lot
    i’ve notice that everytime rachel and finn have problem jesse is coming

  15. Jen says:

    Thank God – perhaps this means Rachel will be entertaining to watch again, once she’s out of the endless awful vacuum that is Finchel. I’m at my limit for seeing her pine, and I always found her hilarious with Jesse.

    I watch Glee to be amused. If Finchel isn’t going to be amusing then I wish it would just get off my tv screen so something else can – and Groff does just that, so in my completely biased opinion, hooray!

  16. brittany says:

    THIS JUST MADE MY ENTIRE WEEK!!!!!!!!! IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SINCE THE END OF SEASON ONE! Thank you for the scoop – I was pretty mad when you reported that he wasn’t going to be returning so all is well again in my Glee-universe! :D

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  18. finally says:

    Yes bring him back please! Anyone or anything is better than FINN! I really detest that annoying hypocrite. I want to see happy and driven rachel back again :)

  19. Roar says:

    I actually screamed when I read this. YOU BROKE MY HEART WHEN YOU SAID HE WASN’T COMING BACK! I could barely speak coherant words. I LOVE JESSE ST JAMES. Him and Blaine should sing a duet, or Kurt/Blaine should double date with Rachel/Jesse and just sing all night long.

  20. Midori says:

    He will come back and then come out as gay! :-D

    • Lily says:

      Call me naive, but I would prefer to see an openly gay artist succesfully playing a straight character. We already have 4 straight artists playing a gay/bi character in Glee.

  21. Lily says:

    I love Jesse… Nice or evil, I don’t even care… Hope Finn will get a wake up call after watching him and dump Quinn AFTER the prom.

    Unfortunately Jesse’s arrival will reduce the chance of a triangle that I would love to see : Kurt + Blaine + Finn… Would love to see more brotherly love between Kurt and Finn and “mentor Blaine” getting all jealous… Sigh sigh… maybe in during the Karofsky episode ? Or do I have to wait until Season 3 ? Or maybe it will never happen because Finn has already graduated by then ?

  22. Kat says:

    I like Groff but there is no way any girl with any degree of self respect would take back a guy who ambushed her in the parking lot and poured raw egg over her! Please, don’t make Rachel a girl who would tolerate that!!!! I don’t think I could watch Glee after that.

    Plus, what is Murphy doing? Most fans want Finn and Rachel together so why is he bothering with Finn/Quinn and Jesse/Rachel? Especially since he’s admitted that next year will probably see Finn, Rachel and Quinn all graduating and leaving Glee?

    I could see Murphy dragging things out if he was planning on having them all stay on board for a few more years but that isn’t the case. It’s such a shame…Glee was so good last year but this year I see mistake after mistake after mistake…it’s very sad.

    • Taisha says:

      Finchel has already proven Rachel has no self-respect, dignity or self-esteem. And if she thinks she’s gonna spend the rest of her life with that hypocritical loser, probably no brains either.

  23. romantic idiot says:

    I am so happy the Groff is back. And, considering that Finn and Puck have slushied Rachel, thrown pee balloons at the kids, drawn rude pictures of her – what’s a little egging between soulmates… Besides, Jesse just threw an egg at Rachel – Finn made her eat “imported from Michigan” pepperoni pizza :-)

    Now I hope Ryan, Ian and Brad have the sense to lock him in as a season regular next year – and not like Mike O Malley’s sporadic role this season.

    • Kamie says:

      Totally agree! Finn has done much worse, during both seasons. Jesse made just ONE mistake and before it, he was pretty much perfect for her.

      I don’t care if they don’t end up together on the show, I know they’ll find each other in New York.

  24. Lucci says:

    Can’t wait to see him again!!!! wohoooooo

  25. Ben says:

    I am alittle of the fence about Jesse returning I feel like everyone said they need to focus on the main character. Also I hope Rachel has the sence not to go back with Jesse and realize that she has slot with Finn and they aren’t done being in love yet. I say it will be interesting to watch and I hope this will snap Finn out of his funk and realize that he is still deeply in love with Rachel and she loves him.

  26. jilli says:

    Omg finchel 4eva he’s hot and she’s pretty duh. St berry will be good 4 finchel. Get finn jealous

  27. St.Berry Forever says:

    Thank goodness St.Berry’s back… Finn pisses me off to the extreme! He has no personalitly, he is wrong for Rachel, he can’t look past superfical things like popularity… I could go on forever! Lea and Jon’s voices will always blend together the best, they are pretty much ‘equi-talented’ (sorry if that makes no sense)so I can’t wait to hear them sing again!


  28. adrianne says:

    That is the BEST news ever. I was so over Glee and they’re awful storylines (Fuinn, Puck and Lauren, Brittana, Klaine… do I have to carry on?) but this is what I’ve been waiting for the whole season, a Jonathan Groff fix :) Thanks for getting your head out of your ass RM!

  29. trudy says:

    Ok never one to be hot with guys my own age per se a couple times a fiasco better friends like older treat ya better but married younger never again… But this Finn brings out the cougar in a girl big time he smolders as they say then kinda one dimensional too love his lop sided lil smile a husky boy. Cute as a bug. Like him with Quinn tho. Dont know who kid is they are talking about coming back for Leah

  30. olivia says:

    YAY YAY YAY i luv him sooooooo much YAY xxxxxxxxxx

  31. Jay says:

    I hate St.Berry!!

    i would not mind jesse coming back but not to be with rachel because i love Finchle !!!

  32. CMJ says:

    oy! so much emotional investment here in a slew of FICTIONAL characters, at FICTIONAL schools!!

    Wow. I don’t give a rat’s a** who is with whom and for how long, and what they do with each other. If you want to be realistic about fiction, its bloody HIGH SCHOOL. Fast forward past graduation, and they’ll scatter to the winds….

    which makes me wonder how they’ll deal with ending Rachel/Finn/Quinn/Puckerman/Britney etc when they graduate.

  33. Maddie Way says:

    OH MY GOD I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS DAY SINCE GLEE SS1 ENDED. People keep talking about how Jesse egged Rachel but admit it, Rachel’s Run Joey Run was a hit to his ego. And I noticed that Jesse noticed Rachel looking at Finn. Rachel hurt him as much as he hurt Rachel by egging her. It’s fair.

  34. NINA says:

    YEA i wonder if rachel will go with him to prom?

  35. Sarina says:

    God, I’ve been writing these fanfics for months.

  36. chantal says:

    I think that if Jesse comes back…Racheal will go strait to his arms cause shes feeling lonely. Finn will be crazy mad and jealous! Quinn will hate it and step down. So it will be back to the battle between Jesse and Finn…hey they may add more Puck! All I know is that fin and rachel are going to be toogether they are like the peyton and lucas of OTH!

  37. Michelle Martinez says:

    Glee shocks me everyday and Jonathan Groff coming back is the best shock so far! I hope that Rachel and Jesse rekindle what clearly wasn’t over! I am stoked!

  38. Tracie says:

    I’m with you. I don’t want Finn and Rachel together. I feel like I’m in the minority on this one though. I think people forget that these guys are supposed to be in high school. They’re most likely not going to end up with any of the people they’re with right now. It would be very unbelievable if they all got together with the people we want them to be with and they never fought and they all get married right out of high school. The best thing Glee has done so far is broken up Finn and Rachel and I hope they don’t get back together anytime soon.

    • Tracie says:

      That was supposed to be a reply to like the 2nd or third comment, but it looks like it posted it at the end instead.

  39. Yancy says:

    Pfft, at this point, I don’t even care what they have Jesse do on the show, just the fact that HE’S BACK, OMG, is enough for me!!!

  40. mollytheGLEEK(: says:

    FINALLY! My shipping is back! All my dreams have come true :’) <3

  41. Ian says:

    I have just been reading the comments about the various story lines in Glee.
    What a disfunctional lot they are. I hope this group of 12 isn’t typical. Gay, bisexual, heterosexual, downtrodden, misunderstood, promiscuous, etc. etc. The caracters are like books in the library, you borrow one, use(read) it and then exchange it for another one! How many stories can be set around so few characters?
    Having said all that I still find it a must see show and wouldn’t miss it for the world. However, I just wish that the writers could come up with more external threads to link in with the main characters like Kurt and Blaine. I hope that Jessie will play fair this time, how many times can Rachel be knocked back, especially by Finn? I also hope that he(Jessie) can inject some pace into the remaning episodes as either a good guy or a bad guy, it doesn’t reall matter.
    Go Santana, one of the shows real stars, and more of Finnchel – hopefully with a happy ending. More episodes with Holly would be great too, some of the best episodes have been with her character, especially Sexy. Please can we have less of Sue she really is getting to be annoying!

  42. Eliza says:


  43. Jude Bragh says:

    My analysis: Jesse will be back trying to make amends and apologizing not just to Rachel, but the entire glee gang too. Last season when he was on stage with vocal adrenaline saying to new directions that he wasn’t liked by any one of the glee club, well that was a lie.
    He liked them and they liked him too, until he left them high and dry before regionals. what he did to Rachel wasn’t clever, peer pressure, and maybe even “obligating”

  44. Jude Brach says:

    Not just to his VA friends, but to his coach: Shelby Corchoran.
    Remember when he told her he was falling for Rachel?
    What you might not realize is that Shelby knew beforehand that the egging would occur and put Jesse up to it.(thus why she didn’t want to teach at mckinely) all I have 4 now.

  45. Sam says:

    I think that Jesse and Rachel were good together. I will admit that that the egging was a bit harsh and it will take a lot to forgive him but she really needs to move on from Finn. Rachel and Jesse have a lot in common and they have the same interests so I hope she takes him back.

  46. Lacey says:

    I read about him returning in the newspaper and can’t wait. I want him to get back with Rachel. I know it was wrong when he egged her but if he is really back to say sorry I think she should accept it. I mean she should make him work for her acceptance but in the end she should accept. I want them to go to the prom together. They are such a cute couple. I do love her with Finn but he’s being stupid getting back together with Quinn. I just can’t wait to see what happens between Jesse and Rachel

  47. Josie says:

    Finn is so caught up on Racheal cheating on him, but he fogets that He cheated on Quinn in the first season with Racheal!!! Has everyone forgotten the picnic scene on the stage? Finn is so judgmental!!

  48. morgan says:

    I, for one, am thoroughly excited to see Jesse St. James back on GLEE. He was one of the more diverse characters and he is a phenomenal actor. He has so much more to offer then Finn and I believe Jesse really fell for Rachel. I mean, you saw him when they egged her. He hesitated. She is the one that just told him to do it.

    I hope he gets her back & comes back for more than the final three episodes of the season! Jesse St. James needs to be a more frequent character in Season 3!!

  49. Brittnie says:

    I’m not so convinced of Jesse/Lea believability… the relationship seems awkward to me (and I JUST re-watched season one). Something just doesn’t seem right, maybe it was the background scheming, maybe it is something else…. Not sure… I like the idea of him coming back to helping someone else… but I don’t see a relationship as being realistic……

  50. brittnay says:

    Jesse was acting in the hole relationship and he might have feelings for her but he doesn’t because he wouldn’t have thrown the eggs at her , plus Rachel’s first love might have been Finn but Finns first love was Quinn and Rachel did much worse she new how finn would feel that was the second time he had been cheated on plus it was puck who stopped it because he didnt want to do that to finn again but rachel didnt care ,finn is the best !!! startin to like puck