Glee Exclusive: Whoopi Goldberg Set to Play Rachel and Kurt's [Spoiler] in May Sweeps Arc

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Rachel and Kurt’s post-McKinley fate rests in Whoopi Goldberg‘s hands.

Glee sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the Oscar winning actress-turned-View master has signed on for an extremely pivotal multi-episode arc.

Goldberg will play Carmen Tibideaux, a theatrical grande dame and a professor at New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA) who travels to Ohio to preside over Kurt and Rachel’s auditions — and apparently she sticks around long enough to deliver a verdict: I’m told she’ll appear in roughly three episodes, the first of which is set to air on May 1. (Glee‘s season finale is set for May 22.)

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Fun fact: The New York-based Goldberg accepted the gig despite her well documented fear of flying (Gleeshoots in Los Angeles). Of course, last month she headed West to shoot an episode of The Middle playing Sue’s guidance counselor (it airs May 2), so perhaps she’s developing a friendlier relationship with the skies? [UPDATE: An Middle insider tells us that Goldberg actually travelled to L.A. in a fancy schmancy bus, not an airplane.)

Prior to the back-to-back Glee/Middle stints, Goldberg’s last scripted TV series role was in Benjamin Bratt’s A&E drama The Cleaner.

Comments (135)

  • Can they please have QAF’s Randy Harrison as a guest star. He’s a talented actor and singer. He’d be a natural as a relative for any of the blond characters on the show. I’d love to see him on TV again. Someone should start a campaign

    Comment by Tyler – March 28, 2012 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Something I don’t get: back last season after Neil Patrick Harris won his award for best guest star on Glee we were told that he cannot come back on the show because of his schedule, but also because HIMYM is on CBS and some other corporate nonesense and yet, Whoopi who’s on The Talk which is on the same network can show up for at least 3 episodes…
    Maybe NPH’s busier or whatever, but I just think that his storyline was so awesome in season one (and he has a lengen-wait for it-dary voice). I guess the whole «good storyine» idea is just a dream now, which is sad TBH

    Comment by Julie (@CDNspnFAN) – March 29, 2012 06:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just read every page. ONE question please–NOTHING ABOUT DAMIAN McGINTY?? Are you all “dead in the head?”

    Comment by Carolyne Ott – March 31, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That should be a fun…

    Comment by im – April 10, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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