Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith To Leave Glee

It’s been confirmed by the Glee‘s co-creator Ryan Murphy that stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will not appear in the show’s fourth season, with the trio set to graduate at the end of series three.

Talking about the reasons for the decision, Murphy explained: “You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticise 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 also said that planning for life after high school for the three characters will be a major theme of the upcoming third season.

Murphy also confirmed that Colfer and Michele had been involved in the plans, adding: “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.”

However, in a surprising move and a possible shock to Monteith, show execs revealed that they had not yet discussed plans with the actor about his future on the show. But not to worry, apprently he “knows [Finn] was a sophomore when the show started”. Hmm, OTB smells a bit of bad blood.

It has also been recently reported that Chord Overstreet who plays Sam Evans may also being saying goodbye to Glee after executives decided not to give his character series regular status.

However, an insider has confirmed that the actor is “welcome” back to the show when filming for series four starts again next month.

Glee will return to US screens on Tuesday, September 20, buit sadly for all you Gleeks on this side of the water, a UK premiere date for season three is to be confirmed.