Fox Exec: Lea Michele Will Not Star in 'Glee' Spinoff

'Glee' will retain its stars but 'X Factor' will be tweaked before second season

January 9, 2012 8:40 AM ET
Lea Michele arrives at Fox's All-Star Party at Castle Green in Pasadena, California.
Lea Michele arrives at Fox's All-Star Party at Castle Green in Pasadena, California.
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Fox revealed yesterday that it has no plans to launch a spinoff from its hit series Glee starring Lea Michele, despite rumors to the contrary. Instead, Michele will continue to be featured on Glee, though her character is set to graduate from high school in the show's next season. "There will not be a Glee spinoff, but those characters will graduate and it's led to a really interesting idea that I think is going to give us something really cool to dig into next season," Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly said at the Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles.

While speaking on the panel, Reilly also suggested there will be some changes to The X Factor when it returns for its second season later this year. Reilly did not offer specific details, but hinted that Steve Jones may not stick around as host of the show. "Hosting, as we know, it is a much harder job than meets the eye. I think everybody now has come to realize the value of Ryan Seacrest," he said. "Whether Steve's the guy or not, it comes under the heading of growth in general, so there will be some tweaks to the show."

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