Naya Rivera makes final TV appearance in Netflix’s Sugar Rush

Netflix dedicated an episode of Sugar Rush to former Glee star Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera is set to make her final television appearance posthumously on an episode of Sugar Rush, Netflix’s popular competition baking show. The new season of the Netflix original series,  Sugar Rush, was added to Netflix on Friday, July 31.

Rivera will serve as a guest judge on the episode alongside Hunter March and regular judges Adriano Zumbo and Candace Nelson.

The show is part of Sugar Rush’s third season, Sugar Rush: Extra Sweet. 

Sugar Rush is filmed in Los Angeles and had to shut down production due to the COVID-19 pandemic right after they finished filming Rivera’s episode. After the unfortunate death of Rivera, production had to decide if they should move forward and make the episode available for streaming.

According to Deadline, Netflix spoke with Rivera’s manager Gladys Gonzalez and Rivera’s family about whether or not to release the program as planned. The decision was made to move forward and dedicate the episode in her honor.

The episode will be dedicated to Rivera, with a title card honoring her before the opening credits.

Rivera, 33, is best known for playing Santana Lopez on Glee. Rivera was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Friday, July 24 after accidental drowning at Lake Piru in California earlier this month.

Rivera’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, made a statement on July 26 regarding Rivera’s death on his Instagram account.

You can watch Rivera in the hit series Glee, as well. Every season of the series is streaming on Netflix.