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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. 26
    nooooooooooo Says:


  2. 27
    RebelYell Says:

    The highschool based show curse strikes again!!!!!
    The OC bombed after they got rid of Mischa Barton for good and was canceled before the fourth season ended.
    One Tree Hill never recovered after Chad Micheal Murray and other actors left losing popularity in its fourth season.
    The original 90210 suffered the same fate after several actors left in the fourth season. The new 90210 won’t last long for many reasons.
    Gossip Girl will probably make the same mistakes and lose some of it’s lead actors and try to replace them.Only to find the show canceled soon after. I am surprised that the people behind Glee didn’t see this coming since the characters would have to leave highschool some time. They should of split the years up, by two seasons for every one year in highschool. Although there are “glee” clubs in college.Maybe they are planning a spin off and trying to upset everyone with some of the cast leaving, only to announce their return on the spin off.Ryan Murphy is a clever business man sounds like something he might pull.

  3. 28
    Sydney Says:


  4. 29
    Sydney Says:


  5. 30
    Sydney Says:


  6. 31
    Lyndz Says:

    Omg this is so sad! I will miss them!!! I wonder what will happen to the other cast members like Artie, Tina, Quinn, Brittany, Santana, Puck, etc.

  7. 32
    Not smart choice Says:

    When Lea leave I am out

  8. 33
    Lyndz Says:

    Omg this is so sad! I will miss them!!! I wonder what will happen to the other cast members like Artie, Tina, Quinn, Brittany, Santana, Puck, etc…

  9. 34
    Tammy Says:

    @OverHim: Agron is leaving too. She just wasn’t mentioned because she’s not that important.

  10. 35
    minty Says:

    Like her or not, but Lea works the hardest for this show. She sings the most, has significant screen time, does the most promoting, sells the most, etc. This show’s going to sink hard and fast without her.

  11. 36
    khsalksjd Says:

    Since Ryan is graduating these characters, here’s how I think it should happen without completely changing the entire cast.-
    I think Lea, Cory, Mark, Dianna, Amber, Harry (and CHORD if only he would be there!) should graduate after the 3rd season and bring in 5 new characters. Naya, Heather, Chris, Darren, Kevin, Jenna, and Ashley should then graduate after the 4th season then bring in 7 new characters.
    Jane, Matt and Jayma should stay forever.

  12. 37
    elizabeth Says:

    i like the approach of moving the cast out when they ‘graduate’. these “stars” are easily replaceable; there are so many talented singers and perfomers out there in hollywoodland that there won’t be a shortage of students for Mr. Schusters class.

  13. 38
    YAYA Says: that means Glee is over???? And aren’t all the kids on that show the same no one should be returning.

  14. 39
    Emma Roberts Nepotism Card Says:

    The only one I see with a legit career post Glee is Diana who booked actual work before she landed Glee. The rest all look like they’ll be doing TV cable movies in a few years time. And Lea looks like she’ll be a broadway actress. Forget the rest. They’re disposable. They should be enjoying what they have cause they won’t ever get anything better than Glee. I know it sounds harsh but that’s what I think will happen.

  15. 40
    Linn Says:

    Finn should graduate and come back as the singing school janitior…….most likely where he’ll end up in real life.

    Rachel should be written out in a horrible anethesia accident ……when she finally goes for that nose job.

  16. 41
    chris Says:

    there will be no season 5 with this choice

  17. 42
    greedy Says:

    This is how you make money.
    A revolving door
    No big contracts or demands

  18. 43
    Paulie Says:

    Season 3 may as well be the final season. I’m sure many viewers won’t return for season 4 either.

  19. 44
    peggy Says:

    @Emma Roberts Nepotism Card:

    When one is ignorant one should keep quiet.

    Lea Michelle is a Tony award winning actress and whether Dianna can maintain a carreer is yet to be established.

  20. 45
    madina Says:

    It’s sad! But Ryan Murphy is so talented! I hope everything would be great anyway…

  21. 46
    Shawna Says:

    They should have had a season last half a school year. So sophomore year could have been seasons 1 & 2, junior year would be seasons 3 & 4, and senior year would have been 5 & 6. I love this show, I saw it live in June, but I doubt I will watch without the main characters. Glee is nothing without Chris Colfer!

  22. 47
    laverdadduele Says:

    Good riddance. Hoping this will be the end of this lame show.

  23. 48
    Taryn Says:


  24. 49
    love in ny Says:

    when lea leave i’m leaving with her, lea and chris are the most talented ones.

  25. 50
    lea fan Says:

    when lea michele leave i’m done with glee.

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