Glee star Lea Michele will be leaving the show after next season.
Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will leave with her as well. “We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea,” says Murphy. “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” says, Ryan Murphy. The characters are leaving, Murphy says, for the integrity of the show.
He also says, “You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic,” he says, “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.”