During Sunday’s “Glee” panel at Comic-Con, show co-creator Brad Falchuk said three of the Fox show’s principal actors — Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer — are not necessarily leaving the show.
Previous reports suggested that all three actors would exit after the upcoming season, when the three seniors — Rachel, Finn and Kurt — will graduate from McKinley High. But Falchuk said that isn’t the case.
“They are not done with the show,” Falchuk said during the panel, held before hordes of shrieking Gleeks in Hall H. He noted that the reporter who broke the news of the Michele/Monteith/Colfer departure in the Hollywood Reporter may have misunderstood what executive producer Ryan Murphy said during an interview. Falchuk did not say the three characters will remain regulars during the fourth season, but during an interview after the panel session, executive producer Dante Di Loreto implied they will indeed be permanent fixtures on “Glee” for the foreseeable future.
“They’re series regulars, and they’re under contract to 20th Century Fox, and hopefully we’ll all work together for a long time,” he said. Michele, Monteith and Colfer were not present at the panel.
Falchuk also addressed the departure of Chord Overstreet, who plays Sam on the show.
He said that Overstreet’s option as a regular was not renewed, for “reasons Chord is aware of,” but that the actor was invited to make appearances for the first half of the season with the option of becoming a regular again later. Falchuk said Overstreet declined that offer.
A post with more details from the “Glee" Comic-Con panel will be published later Sunday. Stay tuned.