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Glee added another guest star to its roster Tuesday by casting Whoopi Goldberg to star in three episodes.
The Oscar-winning actress and current The View co-host will star in an important series of episodes in May, TV Line first reported. She has been cast to play Carmen Tibideaux, a professor at New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts. When she travels to Ohio, she presides over Kurt and Rachel’s auditions. The character will make her first appearance in the May 1 episode, leading up to the finale on May 22.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goldberg’s character will get to announce whether or not Kurt and Rachel will be accepted to the NYADA.
Whatever the verdict is for Kurt and Rachel, who are played by Chris Colfer and Lea Michele, both are likely to return to the series next season. Co-creator Ryan Murphy has a plan to keep the graduating characters on the show throughout season four. "Ryan has come up with a brilliant, ground-breaking idea for how to include us graduating high school seniors into next season and it's really exciting,” Michele told the Hollywood Reporter, promising fans that she will be back.
This is the second guest role that Goldberg has recently signed on to do. TV Line reports that, even though she has a fear of flying, she went to Los Angeles in February to work on the May 2 episode of ABC’s sitcom The Middle. The two roles will mark her first appearance on a scripted series since A&E’s The Cleaner in 2009.
Goldberg is also just the latest A-list star to take a key role in Fox’s hit musical drama. Gwyneth Paltrow won an Emmy for her guest role on the series.
Goldberg won an Oscar for her supporting role in 1990’s Ghost and was nominated for lead actress for 1985’s The Color Purple. She has also been nominated twice for Emmys for guest roles on television.