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Is Mark Salling being punished by Gleemaster Ryan Murphy & Co. for pursuing a solo'ish career?

According to Hollywood Life, Glee's resident bad boy may have breached his contract with Fox by making his own album and is supposedly putting his band before his cast.

Well, here's the real deal straight from an on-set source, because—spoiler alert—you won't see Mark in next week's episode either:

Our source adamantly says Mark's absence from the show does not have anything to do with his album. Anyone notice Jayma Mays gone last night too? And no one's making a fuss over that.

"Mark would never prioritize anything over the show, he respects the executives and his cast too much to do that," spills our Glee insider.

"People forget that he's been doing music for almost a decade before Glee," adds our source. "He just has a target on his back because he's the first of the cast to do a solo album."

Which, by the way, we hear the cast is totally supportive of.

"A lot of the cast are planning solo albums as well, they are celebrating Mark's release, not creating drama out of it," 'fesses Deep Gleek.

And if you remember, Glee fans, Dianna Agron was absent from a few episodes in the first season when she was pursuing her movie career, so this isn't all that strange.

So never fear, Puck lovers, we're told hottie Mark will be back steaming up the small screen ASAP.

"He's still a series regular," adds our studio insider. "Mark will be back soon, Mohawk in full force, with a major bad boy comeback."

Fewf! Matthew Morrison can't carry all the hotness on his pretty face alone.

Are your Gleek hearts calm yet?

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