Three "Glee" stars to exit after third season
Three key actors from the popular Fox-TV musical series "Glee" will not be returning after the end of the upcoming fall season.
"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter that Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and two-time best supporting actor Emmy nominee Chris Colfer will not be back for Season 4 of the popular television show.
"You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic," Murphy said. "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."
All three actors have been with the television show since it began in 2009; Michele's character Rachel Berry, Monteith's Finn Hudson and Colfer's Kurt Hummel have continually been in the center of several key story-lines throughout the show's two seasons.
News of their departure came as speculation about the future of another cast member, Chord Overstreet, continues to grow.
Overstreet's Sam Evans reportedly was not signed as a regular for Season 3. He reportedly has not been fired, but he is not officially returning as a full-time cast member either.
Some speculate Overstreet may appear as a guest star, which is how he was billed last season despite the fact that he appeared in nearly every episode.