Glee Shocker: Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer Not Returning For Season 4

Brace yourselves, Gleeks.

Glee exec producer Ryan Murphy just told The Hollywood Reporter that not only will Rachel, Finn and Kurt graduate from McKinley High at the end of the upcoming third season, but all three of their portrayers — Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer — are “not going to be back at all for Season 4.”

That’s right, kids. He said At. All.

“You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic,” he added, “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.

“We’ve never done anything by the book,” Murphy continued. “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.”

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Murphy goes on to acknowledge that unlike Colfer and Michele, he has yet to discuss any of this with Monteith. But it shouldn’t come as much of a shock since the actor knew Finn “was a sophomore when the show started.”

The Glee boss first floated the graduation plot in an interview last month with Ryan Seacrest, although he stopped short of saying any of the actors would be written off the show permanently. Murphy later told TVLine that he would be open to the idea of possibly spinning some of the characters off into their own show — perhaps an hour-long series about a group of young artists (namely Rachel and Kurt) who head to New York City to pursue their musical theater dreams.

“It’s an interesting idea,” he said at the time. “The questions are ‘How would we do it? And when would we do it?’ It would have to be something I would talk about to [Fox bigwigs] Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly and [20th Century Fox brass] Dana Walden and Gary Newman. What we’re trying to do now — maybe those discussions will happen around December — we’re just now trying to do the first 10 episodes.”

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  1. Nina says:

    Not really THAT shocking.

    • bryce says:

      well kurt was a freshman when Glee started. so if they wanted to be consistent then he shouldn’t be graduating yet.
      plus i graduated HS 6 yrs ago but go back every so often to see how teachers and others are doing. or to see shows and performances.

      • vee says:

        except he wasn’t, kurt was driving and everything so obviously not a freshman.

      • Frank says:

        It was never said Kurt was a freshman when the show started in fact by the 3 episode we knew Kurt was at least 16.

        Ryan is crazy of her thing he can get rid of his 3 fan favorites. Lea and Chris are their biggest names and most talked about not to mention must nominated stars. Cory is right up there as a favorite too.

        • Brandon says:

          Yes Kurt was a freshman because in the first episode 3rd season it said Kurt was a junior and Rachel was a senior

      • andrea says:

        Kurt was a sophomore when Glee started.

    • Courtney says:

      This is not really news. Chris might be the youngest actor on that show, but he’s got the most places to go of any of them out of this. I can’t imagine either he or Lea want to squander any time when they could be out capitalizing on their popularity. Not that Chris is sitting around waiting…

      Cory, on the other hand… bless his heart. Yeah, not surprised in the slightest if Ryan isn’t consulting him. He’s there to give Lea things to emote to.

      • Michael says:

        Cory has grown as an actor more than anyone else on that show. He’s given so much depth to what could have been a very one-dimensional, stereotypical jock. And, BLESS HIS HEART, Cory has gotten more film offers than the other two combined.

        • Jennifer says:

          Honestly, he might have grown as an actor but his character hasn’t had much development. Mark Salling’s character has grown so much more than any other character on that show, from a horrible bully to a friend and protecter of all of the Gleeks.

          • Dee says:

            Let’s see…. and Finn has had to deal with his girlfriend getting pregnant and lying to him that it’s his, with his mother falling in love with someone else, with becoming Kurt’s brother (and his acknowledgment of his own homophobia in the process), with falling in love with Rachel and having HER cheat on him too . . . . Yeah, Finn hasn’t grown or changed at all over the course of the show. Not one bit.

          • Amber says:

            Oh sure Dee, he has TOTALLY changed/grown up. Acted like a tool to Kurt about him being gay, cheated on Quinn and Rachel. Yeah, complete stand up guy, I can see the appeal.

          • becky says:

            Dee, those are all things that have happened TO Finn, not ways he has developed.

          • Michael says:

            Amber…let’s agree to disagree. After acting like a “Tool” as would MOST straight boys who were semi-stalked by their gay “brother”, Finn UNLIKE most straight boys came around and became a friend and protector to Kurt. He didn’t cheat on Rachel, so I’m not sure exactly what show you are watching. I’ve seen growth in the character and the actor. You haven’t. That’s fine.

          • Evan says:

            How about we just say that most of the characters if not all have changed in some way, or another. Even if the main characters are the easiest to see changes in most all the characters developed.

        • sm says:

          Ditto I feel Murphy is biased to say the least about the cast on the show and it definitely shows. Cory is did his best with the material he was given season 2. He is 1 of the most improved of the cast so far. Lea is the absolute given star o the show and deserves it. Chris has such a major talent to expand and hope it goes well. I for onw am very disappointed in these three characters leaving the show. I watch the show because of them and most likely will stop watching after they leave. I’ve noticed some of the Glee Project contestants and they don’t excite me like Lea Cory and Chris. I will have thoroughly enjoyed Glee for the last time when this spectacular group of actors leave the show at graduation end of season 3. I hope all these great performers excel in all their endeavors. I will move on to other things to do for entertainment. For me without this fine cast Glee will not be Gleeful. Hell to the Yeah to Lea Cory and Chris. Kudos to all the cast. Naya Mark Heather Kevin Amber Jenna Chord Dianna Harry

          • stacie says:

            And to be honest, Glee is turning to be “The Rachel Berry Show”.. in some article, Murphy stated that he will focus on Rachel’s dreams and not focus on Finn’s character.. I was like why the hell would he do that? Im tired of rachel following her dreams, for both season she’s been doing that.. For once, I want Murphy to give Finn an amazing story line since he totally screwed his character in season 2, like chasing his dreams too, about his new family, being a brother to Kurt etc. Well, not only Finn’s but also the other cast members too.. Puck, Mike, Tina, Santana and others.. Im tired of Rachel’s story already! geeeessshh!

        • Claire says:

          Totally agree. I don’t want Cory to leave atall, he’s the heart of that show. Glee is my favourite tv show and without Cory’s acting of Finn, i don’t see me enjoying it as much. Same with Lea.

    • Kyle says:

      The most annoying characters on Glee… BTW, the Kurt spin-off won’t make the cut.

    • Beth says:

      That’s true, we all knew this would happen. But whatever, I’m not watching Glee without Lea.

    • marie says:

      everyone knew that the glee cast are graduating this next season but the thing is, why did murphy emphasized on Cory, Lea, and Chris? cause the way I see it, its like the 3 of the main cast are out of season 4 while the others are still staying.. Its very confusing.. They shouldve said that the “glee cast” are graduating… and if murphy really meant that these 3 will be out and the others are still staying, he’s making a huge mistake.. Cory, Lea and Chris are the stars of the show.. just saying .. and in addition..

      Murphy goes on to acknowledge that unlike Colfer and Michele, he has yet to discuss any of this with Monteith. But it shouldn’t come as much of a shock since the actor knew Finn “was a sophomore when the show started.”

      This statement really made him a douche! What he did to cory is very disrepectful.. Cory has the right to know of what has happened to his character and not just go public with it without him even knowing.. Im sure Cory has no idea of whats going on right now.. Shame on you MURPHY!

      • Lee says:

        Let’s be honest here, Matt Morrison and Jane Lynch are the “stars” of the show…these three are very talented young actors, but – like most great singers/average actors – can be replaced. Chris Colfer is fantastic and, with hope, he will get a spin-off, but Glee only really NEEDS Mr. Schu and Sue…

        • sm says:

          I respectfully disagree. This season2 Matt and Sue have become just background subjects on the show so different from season 1. They are the adults who are the back bone to the cast of so called highschoolers in Glee. Sue was limited to just a bully to the club. Will was a bigger character in season1.
          Season2 he seemed to lessen to not even a respected adult to the kids. He seemed to blend in to the background. The kids of Glee make the show and the storylines are about them. Lea and Cory and Chris are the main characters. Whereas Rachel is the main character with all the others kids in Glee surrounding her IMO.

        • please says:

          this is a joke post right?

          The fan base is not excited by Matt Morrison, they like Jane but she is not the ones the fan base wants for the core of the show.

    • Steph says:

      agreed…wasn’t that shocked.

    • Pall says:

      eh, this isn’t really much of a shocker… I thought the show died after the way Ryan, Ian, Brad treated Jon’s character, Jesse. They basically threw Jesse into a rubbish bin and closed the lid. Yeah. I don’t have much respect for RIB considering they really don’t see what’s good for their show… Jonathan Groff brought in a LOT of the viewers. Why else would it be that the ratings had magically arisen in Prom Queen after their little dry spell (episodes 1-18)? Yep. Them producers are GENIUSES…

    • jedi says:

      I will not watch the show after those actors depart and I hope no one else does either. It won’t have the same character and this is just a shameless way to save money on salary. What, Ryan Murphy thinks fans of the show will just embrace new characters… Ridiculous!

    • kim wiggin says:

      you can not take cory chris and lea off it will distroy the whole thing they make the show ask far as i am conserned they have the best voices dont take them off i am sore if you do you will probly loose a lot of viewers

  2. lene says:

    Okay… Give us Rachel and JESSE endgame. They have so much chemistry!

    • gleeite says:

      Uhhh… didn’t we already have the Rachel/Jesse endgame at prom when Rachel sang Jar of Hearts. yep. That pretty much summed and ended that relationship.

    • el says:

      Agree with this. I’ve always felt Rachel & Finn are a prototypical HS couple in that they don’t have a ton in common but they find each other “cute” and that’s enough for hand holding in the hallway. On the other hand, Rachel and Jesse have a lot of the same goals in life.

      • Captain says:

        I’m sorry but the show has always been about Rachel/Finn. Either Rachel is ending up wth Finn or she’s leaving for New York and ending up alone (the finale hinted at the latter) but she’s not ending up with Jesse. I would love to see Rachel/Finn end up together but at the end of the day, Rachel said it best “I love Finn but [performing] is my true love.” She’ll never love anything as much as that, Finn will never be first to her which almost makes me thing she shouldn’t end up with him.

      • Klare says:

        I agree with this. Rachel and Finn remind me a lot of a couple i knew in high school who were together since freshmen year but they broke up in the summer before college because they were going to different schools because its like they cared about each other but college is a new phase of your life and the chances are your;ll find your mate in high school is like catching a firefly in your hand. and now rachel has been to new york, she;ll definitely be back and finn, bless his heart, will probably end up taking over kurt’s dad’s tire business or something to that affect. rachel told finn after graduation she’s going to new york and never coming back, and i could see that happening. in a perfect world the show would end after the glee club graduates (cause they highlight rachel finn and kurt, but come on, theyre all the same age) rather than bring in new people but i know thats not gonna happen cause glee is wildly popular and ryan murphy not gonna let that candle get snuffed out just yet.

      • Ann says:

        Yeah right

    • Ruby says:

      Oh yeah. She should TOTALLY end up with the guy who EGGED her. Wait- the guy who organized an ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE to egg and humiliate her. Whatta great guy! The guy of every girl’s dreams! Sigh.

      • Kate says:

        LOL, because the guy who told her she was annoying, who broke her heart numerous times, who flirted with her while dating Quinn, who tricked her into rejoining Glee club after she quit so he could get a scholarship, who got into a fight with her date at prom because she was laughing and having a good time, and who never apologized for any of it is the much better option. Yeah…you really nailed that one.

        • Jennifer says:

          Thank you, Kate, for completely summing up Rachel and Finn’s relationship to a T :) Any Finchel fans who disagree, go watch the series again, because it’s all true

          • dee says:

            Yeah, and Rachel didn’t yank Finn’s heart out and stomp all over it by cheating on him with Jesse, right? Cheating on the kid with abandonment issues, who’d ALREADY been cheated on by Quinn. Rachel’s finest hour, that was.

          • Mocha says:

            Conclusion: They’re both horrible people and deserve each other. Oh, damn, back to square one…

        • Ruby says:

          I’m sorry, where, exactly did I say that she should end up with Finn? Maybe you should actually read before you berate someone next time. Personally I don’t think she should be with EITHER of them.

  3. Lex says:

    umm, how is this a shocker? Ryan Murphy has been saying all summer that the original group were going to graduate at the end of next season.

    The season finale specifically hinted at these three characters moving on too.

  4. artisto says:

    Because the show is so realistic.

  5. Joao says:

    Great, now we know how many seasons Glee will have. 3 and a half.

    • Lyndsey says:

      Ha, funny.

    • Bec says:

      Yeah…it probably would’ve been better if the producers had planned each season for like half a year. Or done a summer season. Or something. So that it could’ve lasted more than three seasons.
      Because even if the show is still ‘good’ after the original cast leaves, there is no way it will be GREAT without Chris, Lea, Cory, and the others.

      • Tagrid1 says:

        Silly @Bec, of course the show can be great beyond the first graduation. There are always great new kids coming up – watch AGT and Ellen’s new protoges. The show can sustain through several years of graduations… and spin-offs.

        The interesting part will be just HOW they spin off. The first one, Curt and Rachael getting mundane jubs in NYC while they audition on and off Broadway, while Finn heads for NYU and studies music/theater. The second spinoff can be more graduates heading to college. The question is: should there really be an hour-long weekly spinoff right away, or would 3 2-hour movies make more sense? This would give the real Chris and Lea more time to build their OWN careers, while still having jobs, and would give Glee more time to work on a weekly college spinoff in NYC with all the fun that could entail.

        Be flexible and be patient. We’ll have lots of music on TV, for years to come.

  6. Kristen says:

    Yes, I’m not understanding why this is a shocker. I had just assumed this would be the case ever since they confirmed the graduation.

  7. Matt says:

    I guess it gives us the time to accept that they’re going to leave.

  8. I totally saw this coming. Did people really think they would be in high school for the entire series run? Not really disappointed. Sad that such iconic characters will leave though, but I’m glad they are keeping it real. To do it the other way would have been super silly.

  9. Kristina says:

    I appreciate what he’s trying to do there, but when season 4 rolls around I won’t be watching. I invest in a TV show because of its characters, I usually quit when one leaves, much less 3.

    • Jeff says:

      How incredibly close-minded. How about waiting to see the quality of the show first?

      So you left Lost after the first season because of who left the show? You left Angel after the first 9 episodes because of who left?


      • Elizabeth says:

        You can’t compare Glee to either Lost or Angel, really.

      • lovelysilksworth says:

        We have seen the quality of the show, Jeff. In Season 2, there was far too much reliance on exceptional acting by Chris, Lea and Cory to lift some very poor writing.

        The Dalton arc proved one thing to me as a viewer: I don’t enjoy the show without Kurt. At least with this confirmation, I can enjoy my favourite characters in Season 3 and move on when they do.

      • luke says:

        Rachel, Finn and Kirt are the main characters….so that’s the difference. If Angel actually left the show Angel, I wouldn’t have watched. If Jack, Kate and Sawyer left Lost, I would’ve stopped watching. How hard is it to split one school year into two seasons of television? Lazy writing…

        • Jennifer says:

          ^^This :)

        • Katie says:

          Lazy writing would be for them to continue to recycle the same characters and storylines year after year. For them to take a show with such a strong viewership and have the main characters graduate because it keeps with the integrity of the show is one of the bravest things they could have done.

      • Jennifer says:

        Lost CANNOT be compared to Glee. Seriously? You’re talking about a six year run and 118 HOUR long episodes with 6 (in it’s minimum) main characters. I have been a fan of Glee since day one! But, I also agree that if Ryan let the show run longer than it’s made for, it just will not be realistic. Think about “Saved By the Bell?” Funny show…while it lasted in it’s HS days! When they did the all the spin-offs…HORRIBLE! And we ALL loved SBTB back then….lol I won’t be watching past the 3rd season. I think it makes absolute sense.

    • el says:

      I’m leaning towards the same. There’s something very strange about thinking the premise of the show matters more then the characters, though it would actually explain a lot of the plotlines (ba dum bum).

      • dee says:

        This is a common, and rampant, misperception by creators and producers of TV shows—because to accept that it’s the CHARACTERS that keep people coming back, you have to acknowledge that it’s not all YOU, and that the actors who portray these characters play a major role in making a show a success. Think of the X-Files. They thought it was about the “scary stories” and that it would succeed without Mulder and Scully. Disaster. Destroyed the show and its legacy. Just last year Criminal Minds fired its two female leads arbitrarily. Disaster. So much so, they’re bringing them back. Both of those shows are procedurals that couldn’t succeed without the characters. Glee, on the other hand, is a character-driven show. Without the characters people have come to love, it will be a whole new show, and it remains to be seen if people give it a shot. My money is on NO. (For another example, watch what happens to Law & Order SVU when Olivia and Elliot are gone later this season.)

  10. madhatter says:

    Honestly, except for Rachel who said “I’m a sophomore” in the first season, it wasn’t clear what year everyone was. In fact, didn’t Quinn look through yearbooks in season one? If she was already in two previous years books that would mean Quinn was a junior in the first season. I assumed that she, Finn and Puck were juniors, though I admit it was never stated explicitly.
    Meanwhile the already explicitly stated senior Blaine has been re imagined as a rising junior, so it doesn’t look like Murphy actually cares what year they are, so long as they aren’t on for more than four years.

    • drdrama71 says:

      And how was Finn captain of the varsity football team as a sophomore? I always assumed Finn, Quinn, and Puck were juniors the first season, which means they should have graduated last year. I also assumed Kurt was too, since he was driving to school.

  11. Mike says:

    Yeah, cause they’ll be on the spinoff.

  12. cliff says:

    i think its a good thing. but no show will get rid of characters in a more true and realistic way than FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!!!!!

    • Tarc says:

      I’m thrilled to death this is the very last hoorah for FNL – very, very soon I won’t ever have to hear about people jabbering about that massively, massively overrated show. Ugh.

      • Lee says:

        Spoken like someone who NEVER watched it…

        Great acting + great characters + great writing = great show. If anything, FNL was massively UNDERRATED. Never got the ratings it deserved, never got the awards it deserved (anyone who watched Kyle Chandler or Connie Britton or Zach Gilford or Taylor Kitch would see immediately that this is something special), never got the treatment from its own network it deserved…

        I am looking forward to tomorrow night as much as I am dreading it…

  13. Teo says:

    It’s not really a shocker now is it?We knew they will graduate at the end of season 3 and there’s no chance in hell Rachel and Kurt would stay in Lima and since RM made it very clear Finchel will be endgame Finn will probably go with Rachel. Now let’s hope for that Kurt and Rachel spin-off in NYC.

    • Jennifer says:

      Wasn’t it made clear that Finn was planning on staying in Ohio and that’s why they put an expiration date on that disaster that they call a relationship? Kurt and Rachel in New York, I would watch. Finn added in? No, thanks

      • Viv says:

        ARE YOU KIDDING ME — Finn in New York is the most original and interesting idea of all — he’d be the comedic version of Noah Wyly on ER or George on Grey’s. Innocence abroad… lol — do THAT, Ryan Murphy — you wanna spin off, only Finn gets into NYU on a music scholarship, where the adoptive (sic) mother of his baby girl works as the Debbie Allen professor and he helps in raising his daughter, going to school & learning all the stuff he never actually studied in high school and growing up in NY. Awesome idea. I rule. Heee– Kurt & Rachel can visit and or babysit from time to time, if you like — Or he & kurt could raise the kid & go to school together in NYC — also interesting — like Laverne & Shirley! LOL xo

        • Mike says:

          Schlemiel! Schlamozzel — Hossenfeffer incoporated!
          They would be 2 men & a gaby! I’d watch those guys do that — school, dating, raising the kid — that would be good.

        • uhh says:

          Finn gets into NYU on a music scholarship? You’re joking right? Finn would flunk out of college no matter what. He isn’t that great of a singer, ND never WON any national titles. How in the WORLD would Finn be one of the lucky few to get a SCHOLARSHIP to NYU?

          And Finn in NYU being the most ‘original and interesting idea’? Please. It’s the most PREDICTABLE idea. Ever since season 1, I had a feeling that Finn would go to New York. Yeah. Not the most original idea.

        • sm says:

          HERE! HERE! Totally agree. NY City spin off with the three. I would just love it. This would be my new Glee. With Puck and Santana to visit often.

  14. D says:

    So? We don’t even know if there is going to be a 4th season of Glee. FOX only has contract for 3 seasons. We don’t know if they want to renew it past the 3 seasons.

    • Ruby says:

      Oh, please. It’s one of the biggest shows on TV. It’s getting renewed.

      • D says:

        With all the modifications they are making? I wouldn’t put my money on it. Shows have been cancelled for less. Losing 2 of the strong characters, Rachel and Kurt, it’s going to shake things. But I don’t care. As soon as those 2 are out, I’m out too.

        • Ruby says:

          You don’t know a lot about the way TV networks work, do you? TV is about revenue. They’re not going to cancel a show over a change of characters. This is one of the most popular shows on TV. They will change the characters, and then see how the ratings go. And even then, even if the show takes a serious nosedive, they STILL might not cancel it. Look at Heroes. That monstrosity went on for three seasons past when it started getting terrible, because PEOPLE WERE STILL WATCHING IT and it STILL BROUGHT IN MONEY. It didn’t go away until the ratings were so abysmal that they couldn’t justify keeping it on the air MONETARILY anymore. It takes time for that to happen. But TV networks don’t cancel shows on the GUESS that it might lose viewers after a cast change.

    • Rob says:

      I think it got renewws already, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison and Jayma Mays have contracts for 6 seasons and some of the new generation of glee will be introduced on the season 3 premiere while the rest of the new generation of glee will be introduced after the mid-season break, and there are rumours that at least one contestant (who wasnt the winner) of the Glee Project will be part of the new generation

  15. Rob says:

    I’m assuming that with Kurt leaving, Blaine will too. :(

  16. Summer says:

    I thought that Kurt was a year younger than the others, no?

    • HD says:

      Yes, it was stated that Kurt is younger than everyone else during season 1. In season 2, Kurt was also stated as younger than Blaine. So if Kurt graduates but not Blaine at the end of season 3, it will mean that Kurt is a genius (But we already know that) and that Blaine is a stupid student, like Britany.

      • pete says:

        It was never said Kurt was a freshman when the show started in fact by the 3 episode we knew Kurt was at least 16.
        Kurt was 16 in the first season Rachel did not turn 16 until mid 2nd season.

        Why do people keep saying Kurt was younger he is the first one to mention he was 16 in the 3rd episode.

  17. Aileen says:

    I guess Glee will not be as popular. We invest time in these characters. I understand you can’t keep them on the show forever.

  18. jon l says:

    “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 the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.” really? ryan murphy’s worried about being realistic? i remember walking around slushing people and breaking out into song….

  19. maru says:

    WHAT THE F***!!!!! well i know already that lea and cory are going out but chris too??? season 4 totally will be fail!! Ryan at least keep C. Colfer please!!! he is a star and if you say goodbye to lea and him too is going to be a mess!! SO SO SO SO ANGRY!!

  20. Allie says:

    Not a shocker, considering we already knew cast members would be graduating at the end of season 3. Its a shame they wont make guest appearances in season 4 though. And what abouit the rest of the cast? D:

  21. Naudia Guerrero says:

    Chris Colfer is the only reason I watch this show…

  22. Gabby says:

    wait…I understand that they’re leaving, but what grade are all the other characters in?! I’m confused!

  23. Eliza says:

    Gee, that’s smart… get rid of your best Broadway singers, Lea Michele and Chris Colfer. Guess the show’s gonna turn into pure pop.

  24. Amy says:

    Not really a shocker. We’ve known almost the whole summer. But hopefully we can see them in a spin-off… Along with Blaine!

  25. eviltwit says:


  26. L. says:

    This is why I think that Glee will be canceled after the fourth season: they bring a new generation, it’s a flop, kthanksbyeGlee.

  27. Lester says:

    No Rachel, no Glee.

    • Cole says:

      How is this a shocker? RM has been saying for some time now that most, if not all, of this cast is gone at the end of the next season. Here’s wishing RIB all the luck in the world but I think they are in for a very rude awakening as to how much this original cast is the true heart and soul of this series. For me personally, no Lea, no Dianna, no Naya, no need to watch Glee.

  28. ggny says:

    Well duh. And there is no way there isnt gonna be a spinoff the 3 biggest chracters from the highest rated non reality show on tv arent just gonna disappear into thin air

  29. Lizzie says:

    I smell a SPIN OFF!! :P

  30. Lauren says:

    The fact he came out and said all three of them wouldn’t be on Glee makes me think he’s organizing a spin-off set in New York…comprised of ONLY Broadway songs. That. Would. Rock.

  31. WP says:

    Bitter stans are bitter. Get over it. There’s so more to the show than Lea, Cory and Chris.

    • Captiosus says:

      No, really, there isn’t. Did you watch last season, at all? The writing was terrible, Lea, Cory and Chris CARRIED the show, and this was evident during the whole Dalton story arc when Chris was gone and the show started to, well, stink. Get rid of these three and who’s going to carry the show? Dianna Agron? Oh, wait, if they want to go for “realism” her character should be graduating too. As will Mark Salling’s character – and, frankly, neither of them could carry the show either.

      Willing to bet when these three are gone, the rest of the current cast will fall apart as well, including Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch. Essentially, this announcement is tantamount to saying the show won’t exist after 3 seasons.

      • Li says:

        Ummm did you see Brittana in the last 6 eps? I mean I love Lea and Chris (really don’t care about Cory so much though – Rachel doesn’t need Finn, she will be much better going off for her epic broadway dream, and rooming with Kurt etc), but there ARE other storylines. Skins manages to change the cast every season and still stay together – this is only getting rid of three characters. I mean, yes I feel like they should have graduated at least someone at the end of first season (I mean it would even make sense if they had just sad Matt graduated instead of transferring), but it makes sense that they would graduate at some point. And Rachel IS one of the only characters to have specifically stated her age – she was in grade 10 in first season.

        • gds says:

          No, only three characters are being announced at this point. Murphy said that and I quote “More are leaving than are staying”. Besides, Santana said that she is older than Finn. So (because now we want soooooo much to keep it real/LOL) she is also gone and bye bye Brittana!!!

  32. Ma'at says:

    That’s not a shock. It’s also a good move. People need to graduate. Life needs to change. And you don’t need 25 year old actors who look like 25 year old teenagers.

  33. Kirstin says:

    Good for Ryan. It will give other characters and actors a chance to move up in the spotlight. And for all you “oh I leave if a character goes” –uh did ya know about Colfer and and Michele before? If not, they were a new discovery to you right? Kinda like the new folks have the potential to be? But then again, I forget how many people out there just LOVE to bitch :P

    • Ruby says:

      I would agree with your comments if we were talking about a well-written show here. But the fact is, the storylines are so poor on this show that most people are hanging on by a thread and that thread happens to be whoever their favorite character is. (Lea, for me.) So once that character is gone, there’s nothing left to keep people attached. If they manage to turn the writing around (doubtful, considering they hired Marti Noxon) and cast some new characters to integrate and let people get to know BEFORE the main characters leave, then it could work, but if they just up and intro new characters in season 4, and continue on this terrible writing streak they’ve been on, they are going to crash and burn miserably.

    • Anne says:

      I’m sorry, so your logic is that the fact that I didn’t know who Chris Colfer was before the advent of Glee means I should be totally cool with him leaving the show? Do you really think lightning strikes twice? That indelible characters are a dime a dozen? I don’t doubt that there are other talented actors and singers out there, but I wouldn’t even still be watching Glee NOW if it weren’t for him and Lea Michele. The fact that I love those actors and those characters is what has kept me viewing in spite of the spastic writing. I don’t say “I’m not watching if x character leaves…” very often, nearly never, but I mean it from the bottom of my heart this time.

    • asd says:

      Well, considering the fact that I started watching the show because of Colfer, I will say yes!

    • J says:

      I knew about Lea Michele that is why I watched in the first place and now that she is gone I will too.

      The writing and the other characters are not good enough to keep me around

      Plus if they are really sticking with realism than the only other character I care about Santana will be gone too cause she said she was the same age as Finn. .

  34. madhatter says:

    I guess the only “shocker” is the at all part. I was expecting them to maybe guest star in the christmas episode or something.

  35. Jane Humen says:

    I’ve heard basically everywhere on the internet that there will be some sort of spinoff with Rachel, Finn, Kurt and Blaine in New York. Yeah, RM has said they won’t be on Glee anymore, but I’m predicting that as characters graduate, they’ll be on a separate show depicting college life or something. Ryan’s not stupid; I think he knows they have to stay on SOME form of Glee or people will be upset. First-generation casts are usually the most loved and therefore the biggest moneymakers, so there’s that angle to consider – RM will probably create a spinoff show where every ‘older’ generation goes as more arrive on the ‘main’ show, and they’ll probably go on Glee Live still.

    With that said? If there’s no spinoff, I won’t continue to watch. Chris Colfer is the reason I love Glee as much as I do. If he disappears from the Glee universe entirely (not just the main show) then so do I.

    • K says:

      I’m hoping for a Rachel/Kurt/Blaine/Finn spin-off as well. And since Santana talked about moving to New York during “Prom Queen” maybe she’d join them too. I only watch the show right now because of Kurt, Blaine, and Rachel.

  36. CJ says:

    Could it be they will be spun off with their own show in New York?

  37. Devon says:

    I agree, Kurt was supposed to be younger. I’m confused. But I’ll wait for the new cast. I can’t see Brittany graduating ever!

    Glee is a very uneven show, but some of us love it because of that. It’s charming and always gives us something to ponder…

    • Reality Bites says:

      Kurt was seen in the first few episodes having his own car. That means he was 16 in Sept. 2009, 17 in Sept 2010 and 18 by Sept 2011 – a senior.

      No one ever said Kurt was younger, or a freshman. If they did, point me to the episode and the context – I have them all.

  38. Bob says:

    I never understood the rationale for having one season equal one school year. It’s TV. It’s a friggin’ fantasy. TV time is not real time. They could have been in school for more than three or four seasons with some careful planning. Without Lea, what’s the point in watching the show?

    • BRETT says:

      Exactly. PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, for example, is now on season 2 yet it is only a few weeks after the events of the first episode. It can be done. But the writing talent has to be there, and the planning… Ever notice how fast it is between a guest star being announced, and when their episode airs? This show is not known for planning in advance.

  39. Luminosity says:

    I think the only shocker is that Cory Monteith is still playing a rising senior. He’s sweet & adorable, but isn’t he pushing 30 about now?

    • Ruby says:

      When this show started, I felt guilty for crushing on Cory because I thought he was all of 18. So just because he’s actually older doesn’t mean he *looks* older. He pulls off being a teenager better than anyone else in the cast, IMO.

    • BRETT says:

      You haven’t noticed the fact that Puck and Other Asian look ridiculously old, as well? I love how GLEE fans pick and choose which facts to acknowledge and which not too. This show has never been based in reality, and RM is just kidding himself with this reasoning now. Quite funny!

  40. Lana says:

    What has two thumbs and also won’t be back for season four? This chick!

  41. Amanda says:

    Not shocking but it isn’t at all a smart move. Using the unrealistic excuse to great rid of these characters seems silly. I mean Glee is a show were people break out into song, we don’t watch it for realism.

  42. Flaw says:

    I do not get what the shocker is here, I mean, he said they weren´t coming back after graduating. And even if they were recurring guests every other episode, it wouldn´t really fit the point. I mean, the reason they are changing the cast is in fact that it wouldn´t be realistic if they sticked around that much, so to me this just seems like the logical way to go.
    Besides, it´s nothing new really, and I mean in tv in general, not just in glee. Skins has done it before, twice, every two seasons the entire generation changes (with the exception of Kaya Scodelario), and so far no one in the cast has come back, not even once. It still is an amazing show, and I think they´re second generation had even more raitings than the first.

  43. Rebecca says:

    Glee will be crap when Lea Michele leaves. Glee is over with no Rachel.

  44. Summer says:

    The only thing new in this article is the little respect Ryan has for Cory. Thanks for all your hard work, now I am done with you but won’t meet or phone you to talk thru the situation. CLASSY

    • June says:

      Ikr? Murphy is such a jerk! Glee wouldnt be glee without Cory..

      • Claire says:

        Couldn’t agree more. What Murphy has done and treated Cory to is utter crap. You’d think after 2 seasons, he’d have a little more respect. It’s clear Cory has grown as a person and a terrific actor. He’s actually one of my favourites now, he also looks so down to earth. I think Murphy doesn’t care, he just cuts whoever he likes. To cut the 3 best and most enjoyable and exciting characters is just like taking the heart out of everything. It’s like taking Buffy out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it won’t work. I can see Glee loosing alot of viewers, one of which will be me if Cory, Lea or Chris leaves. I also admire the way Lea has taken the news judging from her tweets. Chris hasn’t spoke about it on twitter and Cory hasn’t tweeted in 2 weeks which worries me because i don’t want him to be upset about it and even if i’m jumping to conclusions, if i was Cory, i would not be happy with Ryan Murphy. He’s extremely low to have done what he has done.

        • Sarah says:

          Thank you for bringing this up. While I won’t be happy about any of the three being on the show, I was more put off by what Murphy said in this article. Discussing the issue with Chris and Lea, but not with Cory? Even if this was taken out of context, it just sounds disrespectful. Even if it wasn’t going to come as a surprise to Cory about his character graduating, Murphy still should have had the courtesy to have that conversation with him. For me it just brought up other questions about what it is really like to be on that set and work with Murphy. It’s not the first time Murphy has come across as a jerk and spoken without speaking. It’s just sad to me that it gives the appearance of a disrespect for one of his actors. Just as an aside, I got the chance to meet Cory while the cast was touring this summer and he was very friendly and sweet.

  45. Justin says:

    This really isn’t shocking at all. Everyone knew they were graduating. Why would they be back? Pretty expected.

  46. jimbo says:

    I thought all the kids were sophomores when the show began, why are any of them returning? They should’ve kept Kurt, he has a baby face and is one of the few who could pass for a high schooler for at least another year. Plus, he’s one of the more popular characters. Ditching 3 popular characters at once is quite a gamble.

  47. Caroline says:

    While it will be sad to see Glee withut Rachel, Kurt, and Finn, I hope that this will give the show’s producersa chance to revamp the show with new characters and get back to what the show was about in the first place: a group of kids who love to sing.

  48. Annie says:

    It’s not that shocking but that means that “season 4” if it does happen, will have the following:

    -Brittany: Since RM has explicitly stated that she might fail a year
    -Puck: Expelled or held back for other reasons

    Kurt (Chris Colfer) had a car in season 1 (since Mercedes “busted his windows”), putting him at least a sophomore to be of legal driving age. Rachel stated in an interview with Jacob and once with Schue that she was a sophomore. Finn is the only one where not much was said about age -although he was concerned about scholarships and college in “Rhodes Not Taken” – but I always assumed he was a junior too. I’m a diehard gleek but in all honestly, I’m glad to see them move on. Chris already has movie projects lined up, as does Lea, but I would be happy to see my favorites in a spin-off if it does happen. Who knows, it could be successful, just look at Frasier.

    • Cord says:

      Quinn is 17 older than Rachel. We also know she was 16 by the second episode cause she had a car. Rachel just turned 16 in the middle of season 2.

      In Madonna episode we learned Santana is older than Finn.

      Anyway he said more that just these 3 are leaving.

    • Julia Glenn says:

      Actually Finn tells Terri he’s 16 in season 1 when he’s working at Sheets n Things with Puck. They’re all the same age.

  49. othfan says:

    I am so happy that Finn is leaving. I didn’t mind the dumb Finn from season 1 but the douchebag Finn from season 2 was so annoying. And like Jessie said there are much stronger singers and dancers in the glee club so I doubt he’ll be missed much. I only hope that Puck and Santana stays

    • phan says:

      I so agree with this; season one Finn kind of grew on you like a mold culture. Season two? By the time I watched the character murder they performed on Quinn just to stir up some Finnchel drama I was ready to punch Finn in the face; his opening monologue in “Silly Love Songs” pretty much cemented him as the world’s biggest dickbag and then his entire performance in “New York”? Yeah, they just can’t salvage it.

  50. Fido says:

    Rachel and Kurt having their own series ….. I’m off the hide under my bed at the prospect of THAT happening.