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Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith leaving 'Glee'

July 14, 2011 | 10:36 am

Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will be leaving "Glee"

Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith are making a new high school tradition on "Glee": Usually people are bummed when the cool kids are about to graduate.

Lovable uncool kids Rachel, Kurt and Finn will graduate after their upcoming Season 3 senior year and  leave "Glee" and the halls of McKinley High forever.

Colfer, who racked up another Emmy nomination Thursday morning after winning last year for supporting actor in a comedy, said he wasn't expecting the news but agreed with the decision.

"It's definitely not my choice to leave the show, but I understand it’s the right choice," he told Awards Tracker on Thursday. "The show is very real. To have the character grow up and leave and graduate, it’s the right thing to do. I think it's more of a big deal because not too many shows have ever done it before."

Michele tweeted her reaction late Wednesday: "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!!!"

Silver lining: It would be impossible for the New Directions stars to commute to Broadway from Lima, Ohio, right?


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-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Cory Monteith, left, Chris Colfer and Lea Michele will leave "Glee" after the upcoming season. Credit: Reuters