'Glee' Casts 'Real Housewife' NeNe Leakes as Swim Coach
Jeff Dodge
Jeff Dodge
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Remember when Glee creator Ryan Murphy said this over the summer?: "We're not going to have any guest stars." That changed big time recently when he cast Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Pitbull in major guest roles in this third season. Now it looks like Mr. Murphy has made yet another exception.

Glee stars Leah Michele and Chris Colfer appeared on Andy Cohen's Bravo show, Watch What Happens Live!, to announce that NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Celebrity Apprentice will be guest starring in upcoming episodes as McKinley High's swim coach. Cohen teased the news prior to his show airing. "ATTENTION #GLEE FANS: Tonight on #wwhl at 11, @msleamichele and @chriscolfer have a big #gleennouncement #breakingnews #gleesonfinalglee." While the tweet misled fans with that final hashtag into thinking the announcement had to do with Glee's season 3 finale, this is still big news nonetheless.

We already knew that returning character Sam would be joining the swim team, and now we have our coach! Leakes will play Coach Roz Washington. Her debut will be in the first episode back of 2012 titled "Yes/No" on January 17. And it her tweets are any indication, it looks like her character will be battling it out with Sue Sylvester: "Running through the house screaming Gleeeeee! Coach Roz Washington is gonna get that Sue Sylvester! I'm so proud of myself."

I've never seen an episode of any of the Real Housewives show. But I have seen NeNe Leakes on The Celebrity Apprentice when she and fellow teammate Star Jones became mortal enemies. And I've seen enough clips here and here of the Bravo reality shows to know what she's like on there as well. And if Coach Roz and Coach Sylvester do go at it, I wonder if Ryan Murphy and the writers will take inspiration from Leakes herself.

What do you think of this casting news? Should Glee have gone with a lesser known personality/actor for the role? Or can you not wait to see what this diva queen brings to the Fox hit?

Glee returns January 17, 2012, with an all-new episode at 8pm on FOX.

Source: ET Online
(Image courtesy of Bravo)