With all the conflicting statements about the upcoming Glee season, fans were left wondering what is going to happen at William McKinley High.
As Gleeks around the world ask ‘who is leaving after season 3,’ ‘who is staying,’ and ‘is there a spin off in the works’ co-creator Ryan Murphy has finally came out to separate fact from fiction.
It makes sense that Murphy should be the one to clear things up since he was the one to first stated (and confirmed) that all the Seniors including Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Corey Monteith would not only be graduating, but leaving Glee as well.
Murphy stated the seniors were:“not going to be back at all for Season 4.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.”
The news quickly hit the Internet, which in turn caused Chris Colfer to claim he found out he was ‘fired’ from the hit series on Twitter.
Then exec producer Brad Falchuk came out with contradictory information, giving fans at comic con hope that the trio would remain on Glee. Confirming the Rachel, Kurt and Finn would be graduating he added “but because they’re graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t say, ‘We’re gonna let you go.'” This statement started rumors of a spin off.
This all explains why Murphy spoke up to clear thing up. He confirmed that the seniors would indeed be graduating and leaving the show. He said they were looking into “doing a spin-off and it was a spin-off specifically for three of them, Chris, Cory and Lea“ He went on explaining the stars were all very much involved in the entire process:
So, it was a discussion with all three of those actors about it. At the time, all three of them expressed interest….They were involved in the process for 3 to 4 months to the point where we were even talking about cities and relocations and we called Julliard and what would that mean and how would we do it.
So, for any of those actors to say, ‘I found out that I was fired off the show from Twitter,’ is absolutely 100% not true. None of them were fired. It was never about that. We were going to do a spin-off where the three of them were going to go on. They all knew what was happening, they all had approved it, they all said they wanted to do it.”
With the spin-off idea on the back burner will Michele, Colfer and Monteith be released from their Glee contracts or will they be available to look at other TV and movie offers?