‘Glee’ Showrunner Reveals Who’s Leaving and Who’s Staying on Next Season
It's graduation time on 'Glee' and both the shows fans and stars have been speculating wildly about what the future holds post-McKinley High. In the midst of bittersweet Tweets from Amber Riley and Jane Lynch's comments about "saying goodbye to Dianna (Agron), showrunner Ryan Murphy has set the record straight on who's staying on and who's leaving. Will your favorite Gleek be back for season four?
Well, according to Ryan Murphy, just about everyone will be back in some capacity next season.
"We had a meeting, and you know we've become like a family, and I said to them, 'Anybody who wants to stay on the show will stay on the show. They're all coming back. Anyone who is a regular is coming back. Everyone said yes," Murphy told New York Magazine's Vulture blog.
So what of Amber Riley and Jane Lynch's recent comments? Murphy suggests the two 'Glee' vets were just getting sentimental regarding the inevitable changes to come.
"A lot of people have been writing Dianna's off the show, Amber's off the show — they're not off the show. I think Amber was talking about that bittersweet feeling of, 'I'll never be in the choir room with that exact group of people.' At least that's what she told me ... When I read that [tweet,] I said, 'I think people will misconstrue that.' She's excited about where her character is going. They all are. I wanted to do the right thing by all of them."
Murphy also made it clear that not everyone will appear in all 22 episodes, which comes as no surprise considering the, ahem, new directions the characters will be headed in.
"When I told them all what the next season was, I think they all liked it because they all get to grow and be back to struggling. 'Where is my place in the world?' ... For the most part, I've had really good talks with all the actors, and what I want to do they have loved. Cory Monteith was like, 'I love that Finn gets to do that. That's awesome."
Fans will surely take comfort in knowing they haven't seen the last of their favorites, spontaneously bursting into song. But what will life be like outside the music-filled halls of McKinley High? All should be made clear(er) in 'Glee's third season finale which airs this Tuesday, May 22nd.