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Lea Michele & Chris Colfer Not Returning for 'Glee' Season 4

Lea Michele & Chris Colfer Not Returning for 'Glee' Season 4

Get ready to say goodbye to Rachel, Kurt, and Finn.

Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith will not be returning for the fourth season of Glee, according to the show’s creator Ryan Murphy.

“[They are] not going to be back at all for Season 4,” Ryan told 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.”

While Ryan has previously mentioned that cast members would be graduating at the end of next season, these are the first cast members officially not returning.

While Chord Overstreet was not made a series regular for the third season, he is still welcome on the show and could possibly be bumped to a regular for season four.

ARE YOU SAD to see Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith leave Glee?

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103 Responses to “Lea Michele & Chris Colfer Not Returning for 'Glee' Season 4”

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  1. 1
    timby Says:


  2. 2
    Courtney Says:

    I want to cry. Those are my favorites on the show =( You know you may find it silly that someone might cry over this but this show as done a lot for me and many other people out there. The show would be the same without them.

  3. 3
    Jhe Rañin Says:

    THIS IS SAD!! :((

  4. 4
    Nicole Says:

    What about Mercedez, quinn, puck, tina, artie, mike, santana, and brittany? Aren’t they the same age? wouldn’t they be leaving as well?

  5. 5
    Whatever Says:

    Great. Now Lea can go back to Broadway…Where she belongs!

  6. 6
    Daiana Seixas Says:

    Not at all. I agree with Murphy and I think that if Glee is a show about High School Kids they have to graduate. I’m very sad that Chord will not be regular at next season, but I believe in Murphy’s touch. Waiting anxiously for the next season.

  7. 7
    Chy Says:

    I honestly can’t imagine Glee without Rachel, Kurt, or Finn!!! I hope the producers know what they’re doing and not just “jumping the shark”!!! It’s going to be pretty hard to continue watching after such powerful characters are gone only after two seasons!

  8. 8
    ms grey Says:

    though the writers are great, the voices of these 3 very talented people as well as their acting skills have made the show the success it is…the “adults” can not carry it.

  9. 9
    Marianne Says:

    Why is this news. We have always known that they are going to graduate. It’s high school for chrissakes.

  10. 10
    Chy Says:


    Correction!!! It’ll be hard to watch the show after they’ve only been on there for 3 seasons. I like Mr. Schuester and Sue Sylvester, but I don’t think they’re strong enough to carry the show on their own.

  11. 11
    sanaz Says:

    Although I agree with Ryan Murphy on the whole staying true idea, I don’t think the new glee kids will be as great as the current ones. Of course, the current cast is the original, so viewer wise it may get awkward for season 4. I guess that’s the con about shows that take place in high school: you have to grow up, bring a new cast and the show can possibly lose viewers.

  12. 12
    I n F a m o u s l y C o o L Says:

    …now what will they do?!? …ahahahahahaa …fade away.

  13. 13
    Maria Says:

    DAMN! it’s gonna su.c.k

  14. 14
    Alaia Says:

    Haha, the show will bomb and become irrelevant come Season Four. It happens all the time, but at least it’ll save the original actors the embarrassment. Ryan the Douche, however…

  15. 15
    Mayle Says:

    The guy who plays Finn is seriously atrocious. Say goodbye to your carteer post-Glee, mate. Douchey glasses, too.

  16. 16
    loow Says:

    I’ll miss them in the new season

  17. 17
    OverHim Says:

    Wow, he’s going all out. I thought he’d try and phase them out two-by-two or something not all at once. I am surprised that Dianna Agron isn’t one of the first to go. With her feature film roles I thought she’d be one of the first out the door to try her hand at films full time.

    So does this mean Ryan Murphy’s going to spend the 3rd season building up the rest of the cast to the point where they can carry the show without Lea, Chris and Cory?

    I’m not a huge fan of all three of them but, by and large, good and bad, their characters are the most developed, they carry the bulk of the singing duties and they carry the bulk of the airtime with their stories and relationships (with each other and other characters). Them leaving is going to leave a huge hole that’s going to need to be filled.

    I hope they balance the third season out better than they did the 2nd season so that the remaining characters start to build stories and relationships on their own. So, by the third season when Rachel/Finn/Kurt are gone, the show isn’t scrambling to find someone, anyone to fill their shoes and spending the first half of the season throwing whatever and whoever at the wall to see what sticks with the audience.

  18. 18
    Samantha Says:


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    tom Says:

    Not sure why it matters if they stay, It is just a fictionalized tv show. But like Friday Night Lights which switched its cast successfully I am sure this one can do it also. It would be a shame to see Lea, Quinn and Heather Morris go.

  20. 20
    Shaked Says:

    It’s not worth without them. i’m so sad.

  21. 21
    Jenni Williams Says:

    Ridiculous. They could have broken up the school years into 2 seasons. The show has already been headed downhill, pretty sure season 3 will be the end. I think Ryan Murphy is a little full of himself.

  22. 22
    amf Says:

    if LEA’s leaving might as well remove DIANNA…i mean…this is non-sense!!!!!!i can’t watch glee if QUINN and RACHEL is not around…and remember she’s of the same age…if Ryan is saying being true and why is that QUINN is the CAPTAIN of the CHEERIOS during her freshmen year…duh! i love DIANNA/QUINN but if some of the orig cast will leave especially LEA then what’s the sense…remove them all!

  23. 23
    Alexis Says:

    Puck should leave, too. He’s the oldest-looking and least convincing high schooler or TV next to the people on 90210.

  24. 24
    Manny Says:

    Chris leaving breaks my heart. As for the “mouth” – let me show her to the door. Good riddance.

  25. 25
    bye Says:

    Sources say Lea M. was a real pain in the asz to work with.

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