Glee creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed in an interview with Ryan Seacrest yesterday that he has decided to let go of his cast when their characters graduate from high school, and will replace them with a new batch of young actors. This means that breakout stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Amber Riley and Cory Monteith will all depart from the series at the end of the next season.
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"We didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years," Murphy said on Seacrest's radio show. "We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline."
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Fans distraught over the eventual departure of characters such as Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel should take some consolation in that Glee's adult stars aren't going anywhere. In the same interview, Murphy acknowledged that Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester and Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester will remain as lynchpins of the hit series.