Last summer, amid a frenzy of Glee controversy that included rumors of cutting a few of the regular and beloved cast members, one such speculation turned out to be true … at least for awhile. Favorite blondie Chord Overstreet, who played the football-playing jock-turned-gleek Sam Evans on the show, was not invited to be a regular cast member, so he walked.

"They offered me the chance to come back for a few episodes, but there was nothing guaranteed so I decided to dive into the music thing," he told TVLine in August, referring to an album he was working on. "And that's been my main priority."

For reasons that have not yet been revealed, things have now changed over at McKinley High. Overstreet will be reprising his role in the show's eighth episode, slated to air sometime in December. "We missed Chord and Chord missed us," says a Glee insider. "It's a win-win."

Fans certainly feel like they're winning, as there's been a flurry of support and speculation online since the decision was announced. Overstreet's character moved away, it was said, after his father got a job in a different city, so it remains to be seen how creator Ryan Murphy and the show's writers will fit Sam back into the fold … and what the fallout will be for romantic interests Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) when they do.

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