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Several Glee Cast Members On Chopping Block

Recently it was announced that Chord Overstreet (Sam) did not have his option picked up by Glee creator Ryan Murphy.

Now even more shock waves have been released with the announcement that Lea Michele (Rachel), Corey Monteith (Finn) and Chris Colfer (Kurt) will all be departing the show at the end of the 2011-2012 season.

Seriously?  The famous Glee creator told The Hollywood Reporter the ensemble cast will be broken up because several of the key members started the show as sophomores and will be starting their senior year of high school.

Which means they will be graduating at the end of the next season. Murphy explained that the show was designed so that every season would equal another school year.

Murphy explained "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 said “We’ve never done anything by the book." Who’s graduating and who’s staying will be revealed in the Season 3 premiere airing on September 20, 2011. “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.”

More departures are expected to be announced. Murphy previously said that Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) and Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) are the linchpins of the show, and since they are faculty their long presence can be explained. New cast members will be introduced as well.

Murphy also said Michele's Rachel Berry, who seems to be Broadway-bound will go out in the spotlight.  Murphy said, “I’m much more interested in Lea’s character -- not so much on her relationship with Finn, but more on what her dreams are beyond high school and how she plans on getting them."

Critics, fans and show watchers question how the mass exodus of the beloved key members of the Glee show will impact the ratings and long term life of the show.  Only time will tell.

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