It's Official: Lea Michele, Chris Colfer And Cory Monteith Will Leave 'Glee' After Season 3!

Wed, July 13, 2011 8:02pm EDT by 6 Comments

While creator Ryan Murphy has hinted at this possibility, it is still a very sad day for Glee fans everywhere as an official announcement today confirmed that several main cast members won’t return after they graduate at the end of next season! We’re so sad!

Obsessive fans of the hit musical-inspired show Glee have known since season one that senior year and graduation loomed ahead in a depressing High School Musical-reminiscent way, and with  main characters Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson starting season 1 as sophomores, it was clear that by the end of season 3 they could be gone… and now Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will all be leaving after next season! Oh no!

The Hollywood Reporter spoke to creator Ryan Murphy , who acknowledged the difficult choice he had to make, saying,  “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.”

While it will be a difficult transition without Rachel Berry (Lea), Finn Hudson, ( Cory), and Kurt Hummel (Chris), it is the most logical choice (especially considering Cory is almost 30– we can’t stay in high school forever!). Plus, according to Ryan, Lea Michele and Chris Colfer both thought it was a good idea: “They both trust the writing and trust me and felt it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top.”

But what about the characters like Britney(Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) whose ages have never been clearly identified? According to Ryan, that all will be answered on the season 3 premiere on September 20th!

As for what season 3 will hold…don’t worry Lea Michele fans! Her story is far from over! This season will focus on “more of what her dreams are beyond high school and how she plans on getting them.” This storyline may sound familiar to Ryan Murphy as he acknowledges that “that was what my senior year was about.”

What do you think HollywoodLifers? Are you dying to see who stays and who goes? Sound off below!

Blair Moylan

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RiceMartha85698859

Posted at 7:45 AM on July 14, 2011  

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, PennyOrder.com

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lea twitter

Posted at 11:33 PM on July 13, 2011  

lea wrote something on her twitter for the fans “to the gleeks everywhere you are in my heart now and forever. Love you all!!!” she is too cute.

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gabriela

Posted at 11:12 PM on July 13, 2011  

i love lea michele and i think she is really talented, so i will follow lea and her career. lea and chris colfer are the force of glee without them i will watch something else.

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bad decision

Posted at 11:09 PM on July 13, 2011  

when lea and chris leave i’m out

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beep

Posted at 10:34 PM on July 13, 2011  

yup, yup! new faces, new talents, please!

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holyfool

Posted at 9:50 PM on July 13, 2011  

thanx God, lets move forward.

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