According to an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy says Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will not be returning for Glee season four. The upcoming season will be their last, with all three characters graduating.
Three of the most popular actors on Glee, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith, will be heading towards graduation and the end of their run on the show, according to show co-creator Ryan Murphy. Murphy explained, in an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, that the three would say goodbye to their characters at the end of the season to make way for new characters on the hugely successful Fox show.
Said Murphy, Colfer, Michele and Monteith are “not going to be back for season four.”
He also related that, “You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started on the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”
The show will premiere its third season on September 20th.
Murphy also clearly stated to fans of the show that, “We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top.”
This comes after series regular Chord Overstreet was let go prior to filming the show’s third season and the revelation last month that guest stars Harry Shum Jr. and Darren Criss were promoted to regular characters, meaning they would be seen in every episode.
While Michele and Colfer were in the loop about their end of class, Murphy revealed that Monteith was not. He did state that Monteith knew the character was a sophomore when he started, so it would only be natural that he graduated as well.
Glee broke new ground in television, bringing back a combination of musical theater and drama, and winning many awards along the way. In its two short seasons, it has delved into teen pregnancy, drug abuse, homosexuality and body issues, just a few of the life lessons taught by the Glee writers and cast, before they broke into song of course!