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'Glee's' Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith won't be back for Season 4?

July 13, 2011 |  5:19 pm

It seems "Glee" stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will not be returning for the show's fourth season.

They're "not going to be back at all," creator Ryan Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter.

Hold that slushie!

It's not as if viewers are completely blindsided by the news. Murphy has not been quiet about the fact that, in keeping with the timetable of the show, some of the characters would graduate from McKinley High. It just might be hard for viewers to accept the fact that Rachel, Kurt and Finn will be among those donning gowns and tassels. Harder still that unlike other high school-set series, we won't be following them afterward. Not even a little.

A rep for 20th Century Fox, which produces the show, was tight-lipped about the revelation, saying they could not confirm the reports. A request for comment from Murphy was not immediately returned.

Perhaps it's time for the "Glee" kids to brush up on Vitamin C's 'Graduation." We're just sayin'.


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Photo: Actress Lea Michele at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2011. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times