Actress/singer Naya Rivera has reportedly been downgraded to a guest role on Glee for its upcoming sixth and final season.

According to entertainment news site, Rivera will be billed as a recurring guest star and not a series regular - a title she reportedly requested and producers ultimately honoured.

Representatives for both Glee and Rivera have yet to comment on the matter.

The report comes months after rumours suggested the star, who plays Santana Lopez, was reportedly set to leave the hit show after she did not appear in the season five finale.