"Glee" stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will be leaving the show after the upcoming 2011-2012 season, the show’s co-creator, Ryan Murphy, tells The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the story, "Colfer, Michele and Monteith are not going to be back at all for Season 4. Murphy tells THR: ‘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.’ "
And, most likely, even more of your favorite characters will be leaving the show after next season.
Notes the story, "Murphy added that planning for the future beyond high school will be a heavy theme during Season 3, noting that ‘more characters are leaving than are staying’ when graduation time comes at the season’s end. ‘We’ve never done anything by the book,’ he said, adding that who’s graduating and who’s staying will be revealed in the Sept. 20 season premiere. ‘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 said that he had not yet discussed "graduation plans" with Monteith, who plays Finn on the hit series.