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					Chris Colfer, Lea Michelle and Cory Monteith say
bye to "Glee"
CBS/What's Trending)- The thing about high school is that you have to graduate -- even in the
suspended reality of the television world. So, it makes complete sense that Rachel Berry (Lea
Michelle) , Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) would leave after their
senior year in high school on the hit musical show, "Glee."
However, fans are still shocked at the prospect that the shows biggest characters, the biggest names and the
ones that have received the most critical and commercial success off the highly successful series will be out
come season four. Even worse news, Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer won't be the only ones
leaving the show.

Murphy spoke to the Hollywood Reporter informing the magazine and Gleeks world-wide that in the third
season he will be cleaning house.
The actors that play these characters are trending across the Internet as the Prime-time Emmy nominations
were official announced in tandem with news of their departure from the series that made them household
names. Colfer was nominated for his second Emmy the same day series creator Ryan Murphy announced the
stars would "not be going to be back at all."

Murphy spoke to other depatures saying, "more characters are leaving than staying," and it won't be clear who
else is getting the boot from the show until the third season premieres on September 20.

This finality of these characters departure does come as a surprise to fans, as Michelle has mentioned in many
interviews that while she knew she would be graduating she would like to stay on in some fashion maybe as an
on-and-off again consultant via Jesse St. James' role in the last few episodes of last season.




Chris Colfer as Riff Raff in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" episode of "Glee."

(Credit: Adam Rose/FOX )

Colfer, the show's one of two Emmy nominees (the other star Jane Lynch for her portrayal of Sue
Sylvester) commented on his departure: "It's definitely not my choice. But I completely understand that
it works for the integrity of the show." Colfer said on the hills of the announcement of his Emmy
nomination. "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."
The idea of graduating cast members and incorporating a new group generation of stars every so often isn't
exactly an original idea. The U.K. version of "Skins" does the same, and Canada's "Degrassi" continued its run
by also having new characters come in every couple of years. The question is: How will it fare with American
audiences? Don't panic yet: We've still got a whole year with our current group of misfits.

Fans on Twitter note their disbelief and sadness over the news:

				
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