Ryan Murphy caused many underage hearts to break and ignited several slushie riots when he announced that three Glee cast members—Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith—would be “graduating” after this season. It wasn’t a huge surprise—have you heard Mr. Schuester’s Spanish lessons? Puck is the only one who could feasibly need seven years to graduate from McKinley High—and would most likely aid in show’s strive for continuity and integrity in regards to its storylines, but prematurely envisioning their emotional goodbye episode already had us welling up. But then came the backlash, namely the cast’s public reveal that they were just as rudely informed about the news as we were (on Twitter no less. The evils of social media!). More confusingly, co-creator Brad Falchuck toyed with our emotions at Comic-Con by suggesting that a Glee graduation isn’t a goodbye, but rather a a see you later. Where does it end?
In an exclusive interview with Deadline, Murphy describes the inception of a proposed Glee spinoff featuring Colfer, Michele and Monteith at Julliard in New York, explaining that the actor’s departure after season three of Glee shouldn’t come as a surprise. “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.” But after three to four months of work, and much collaboration with said actors, plans for the spinoff have been scrapped. In short, according to Murphy, things went awry when his cast started getting influenced by other people:
I think that some of those actors’ representatives spun it in a certain way, to be quite honest, I don’t understand. We weren’t allowed to talk about a spinoff. It was too premature. We didn’t want to do it then. The idea was to do it this fall when Glee gets back on the air. Then, to pick up and read the actors saying, “We found out we were fired from Twitter.” All of us, the studio, the network, were like, ‘OK, that isn’t exactly cool,’ because we involved all three of them in that decision. So then what happened is that we decided, ‘OK, let’s not do it.’ So that’s where we are today. Maybe we’ll talk about it in April or May, but for now let’s just concentrate on making Season 3 the best that we can do. When I say they’re seniors and they’re not coming back to the show, what I did not say is they’re not coming back to the show because there will be another show. What Brad [Falchuk] said this weekend at Comic-Con is now correct: they’re graduating. What we wanted is to get people away from this idea that the actors were fired which is ludicrous. Nobody was fired. They were talked to for months about the show.
While they’ll likely get a stern talking to, or a passive aggressive cold shoulder during season three table reads, Murphy wouldn’t be crazy enough to go and off Finn, Kurt and Rachel in dramatic fashion—a visit to rough Lima Heights Adjacent gone wrong? Death by poisoned slushie?—simply out of spite. Could he? COULD HE?! Normally we’d be tired of such word vomit and actively advocate for Murphy to just shut the fuck up already, but revelations like this have moved us over to the side of intrigued. Suddenly that “Rumours” episode makes so much sense. We know there is a really great cast tell-all or cathartic album in our midst, so don’t hate us for wanting desperately to watch (or listen) to how it all plays out. Until then, we’ll be revisiting the video below. So simple, so happy.