Glee is losing at least three leading characters when the third season wraps up this fall. Creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will not return for a fourth season. Their characters will depart after graduating from William McKinnley High School.
“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,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” he added.
Other characters will also be leaving the show, but Murphy won’t reveal who until season 3 kicks off in September.