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Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith leaving 'Glee'

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Steady those nerves, Gleeks, because Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy reveals that yes, characters are graduating from high school at the end of next season, just like in real life, so prepare yourselves. Lea MicheleCory Monteith and Chris Colfer will not be back for a fourth season, it seems. Did you expect them to be there forever?

"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," Murphy tells the Hollywood Reporter. He added that "more characters are leaving than are staying." Doesn't he know? The shambolic hive mind that is fandom for any TV show NO LIKE CHANGE!

"We've never done anything by the book," Murphy added, noting you'll know who's on the chopping block in the Sept. 20 season premiere. "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." Plus, there won't be any more backlash from twentsomethings playing high-schoolers posing half-nude in men's magazines, either.

[Photo: Can Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz and Amber Riley be far behind? Getty Images]

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