Three stars will be departing Glee after this coming season. Correction: the three biggest stars on Glee will departing after this coming season.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, creator Ryan Murphy cites the "integrity" of his show's storytelling and confirms that Cory Monteith (Finn), Lea Michele (Rachel) and Chris Colfer (Kurt) will all graduate after season three and not return "at all" after that.
"We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea," Murphy said, adding he's yet to talk to Monteith. "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.”
This is simply "true to life," Murphy said.
But what will it mean for one of Fox's highest rated shows? We won't find out until the fall of 2012.