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Where Was Puck? Behind Mark Salling's Absence from Glee

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They was the first words out of Mr. Schuester's mouth last night on Glee: Puck was serving time in a juvenile detention center would would not be able to participate in the duets competition.

What happened to Mark Salling? Why was he absent from an episode that focused entirely on New Directions?

Puck and Quinn

Sources tell Hollywood Life the actor may breached his contract by pursuing his own music career: “Mark has been really focused on his own music and it’s actually gotten in the way of his Glee stuff,” said this insider.

The actor hasn't been shy about promoting his Mark Salling Band, which has released a pair of albums. The source added:

"His band means the world to him and he thinks that’s more important than the show at this point."

So, does this mean we've seen the last of Puck? He has to return and make a play for Quinn now that Sam has made a move, right?!? Yes.

“Mark is gone for another episode, but he’s coming back for episode six,” an on-set source said. “He’s featured a ton in that episode - it’s basically all about him."

Phew. Would you miss Salling if he left for good? It sounds like that may be the end result. Sound off now in our Glee forum!

** UPDATE: A Glee insider tells E! News there is no punishment to blame for Salling's absence: "Mark would never prioritize anything over the show, he respects the executives and his cast too much to do that."

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    I love glee but i really watch it because i love Puck. I won't wont watch it anymore if he's not coming back and neither will my friends or family.

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    If Mark Salling left Glee for good, I honestly would cry :')
    And I wouldn't watch Glee again. For a while...

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    ME AND MY SISTER WANT PUCK BACK HE'S SOOOOO BETTER THAM SAM PUCK'S SOOOOOOOOOOO FIT AND CUTE BRING HIM BACK NOWWWWW IVE HEARD HE'S BACK IN EPISODE SIX HE IS BACK FOR QUINN EPISODE SIX IS ALL ABOUT PUCK SO GLEE FANS YOU AE LUCKY IF U WANTED HIM BACK YAY YAY YAY YAY ...............XXXX I HOPED I HELP GOTTA GO BYE BYE I WILL BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!XXXXXX

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    PUCK has to stay he is fit sexy and a bad boy he should come back to get Quinn coz Puck is s??? WHERE THE HELL IS PUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING HIM BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    dude he left for a while so that sam and quinn would be able to develop their relationship. The directors made it on purpose.

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    i only watch glee becasue of kurt.... Puck is not that interesting tom me.... BUTS THAT IS JUST MY OPINION you are way 2 emotional if you spam this or something

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    puck is so sexy, he's probably the main reason i watch the show. I would love for him and quinn to try and work thing out again. he must stay! otherwise who else will i have to stare at?

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    if he leaves i am done with the show. period.

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    Glee will never be the same without Puck. It's disappointing when he's not on the show. I love Puck!

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    I would definitely miss Puck. But,honestly, I think the first episodes of GLEE this season were dissappointing. "Duets" was ok but all the rest did not hold my interest. It seems that the writers have lost their voice. Did a writer leave?