Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer to exit Glee
Story by Jack Foley
GLEE regulars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn) and Chris Colfer (Kurt) will not be returning for the fourth season of the musical hit, according to series creator Ryan Murphy.
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy said they will be among the characters who graduate at the end of the third season.
“You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticise you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year,” he said.
And that’s not all… the star trio are likely to be joined by fellow cast members as “more characters are leaving than are staying” at the end of the forthcoming season.
As a result, planning for the future beyond high school is to be one of the main themes of the approaching season, as Murphy lays the foundation for some tearful goodbyes while protecting the show’s own future as new faces are welcomed.
But exactly who’s graduating and who’s staying will be revealed in the September 20 season premiere.
Asked whether his cast had been consulted on the move, Murphy said that both Michele and Colfer supported it, although Monteith had yet to be approached but “knows he was a sophomore when the show started”.
And Michele has already reacted to the announcement by telling her fans on Twitter to keep believing in the show and supporting the decision.
“We always knew we’d graduate in real time,” she tweeted. “It’s all part of the plan and it’s all good! Its going to make Season 3 amazing!”
She later added: “To Gleeks everywhere, you’re in my heart now and forever. Love you all!!! This is just the beginning.”
Needless to say, her fans are less than impressed, with one declaring on Twitter: “The end of Glee.”
Murphy clearly has his work cut out ensuring that season 3 delivers the right send-off for the stars that helped turn the show into a phenomenon while protecting its future.
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