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'Glee' Stars Knew About Their 'Graduation' From Show

July 15, 2011

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Cory Monteith
Cory Monteith

"Glee" actors Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith will be among the actors graduating from McKinley High in Season 3.

"Glee" creators have decided to follow real-life time, since the stars began filming as sophomores in high school.

"We always knew we'd graduate in real time. It's all part of the plan and it's all good! It's going to make Season 3 amazing!!!" tweeted Michele. "To Gleeks everywhere, you're in my heart now and forever. Love u all!!! This is just the beginning!!"

Seems that Monteith may have been the only one that did not know about his exit, based on the exclusive interview The Hollywood Reporter had with "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy.

TBR said Murphy acknowledged he hasn't discussed graduation plans with Monteith yet, but presumes he's aware that Finn will be among those graduating. "He knows he was a sophomore when the show started," Murphy told THR.

Monteith, usually a regular tweeter, has not tweeted since July 6.

Colfer has known about the parting of ways for some time. In early June, he hinted about a new project:
"I have a big announcement coming soon! A project I'm very excited about!" he tweeted.

That project, a movie Colfer wrote and will star in: "Struck by Lightning."

"Allison Janney is my mom!!! I couldn't be more thrilled!" he announced in July. And other actors, just announced, include Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland, Polly Bergan and Angela Kinsey.

The plot: The story opens with Colfer's character being struck and killed by a bolt of lightning (it's told in flashback), and chronicles his exploits as he blackmails his fellow senior classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he's publishing.

Only time will tell if the show survives without three of its main characters, one of whom won a 2011 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor (Colfer) as Kurt Hummel. Colfer also was named to Time magazine's 2011 list of the world's 100 most influential people.

And even more impressive, it was announced today that Colfer was nominated for an Emmy in the category of outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.

"Glee" was nominated for best comedy series.

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