Emmys

Glee's Chris Colfer on Emmy Nod and Looming Exit: 'It's Definitely Not My Choice'

It’s an odd day for Glee‘s Chris Colfer. On the one hand, there’s cause for celebration, since he just scored his second consecutive Emmy nomination. But on the other, the good news comes on the heels of series creator Ryan Murphy’s announcement that he, along with Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, would not be asked back for the show’s fourth season. How’s he feeling? TVLine rang him up to find out.

TVLINE | Congrats! How does this nomination compare to last year’s?
There was almost more pressure this year because  I was nominated last year. Last year, everyone was kind of like, “What? That’s crazy that [he] was nominated.” So this year, I think a lot of people were expecting me to get nominated, but I was not one of them. I honestly didn’t think there was going to be room for me in the category [because the list of potential nominees] is so vast and a lot of my stuff is so dramatic [rather than comedic] on the show. So I didn’t think I was going to be included.

TVLINE | It has to be odd — bittersweet — to make the cut again when Lea and Matthew Morrison, who also received nods last year, did not.
It is. We all work extremely hard on our show, and I know how much Matt and Lea put into it every day, so I am disappointed to see that they didn’t get nominations.

TVLINE | Would “disappointed” also be a fair assessment of your reaction to being “graduated” off the show?
It’s definitely not my choice. But I completely understand that it works for the integrity of the show. One of the things that I love about Glee is, despite characters breaking into song in the middle of the hallway, it was very real to me. It always seemed like a very real high school environment. And I think by having some characters graduate, they’ll continue having that element.

TVLINE | And of course this doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Kurt Hummel, right? There could be a spinoff.
As of right now, it’s just rumors. I’m not attached or signed on for any spinoff. There hasn’t been anything official yet.

Do note that the actor said “yet.” So thoughts? Feelings? Hopes? The message board below is just made for those sorts of things. Go to town