You'll recall how two weeks ago, Glee creator Ryan Murphy gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter and in that interview said that Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith would be leaving Glee at the end of the next season because their characters would graduate. It wasn't a shock to anyone paying attention, but it made massive waves online, the actors said they found out via Twitter, and Murphy's producing partner Brad Falchuk was forced to deny that Murphy even said those things at Comic-Con last weekend. In short: It was a total mess. One that Murphy happily made worse on Thursday.
Speaking with Deadline, Murphy revealed that he was planning a spin-off series with Michele, Colfer and Monteith for after the third season, and that the actors knew about it beforehand. "For any of those actors to say, ‘I found out that I was fired off the show from Twitter,’ is absolutely 100% not true," Murphy said. "None of them were fired. It was never about that. We were going to do a spin-off where the three of them were going to go on. They all knew what was happening, they all had approved it, they all said they wanted to do it. Some of them had different caveats. Some of them, to be honest, were not thrilled about moving to a different city. Some had families here and some had families elsewhere. I feel sensitive about that. So then what happened was it blew up and a lot of articles were written about it. Some people were writing they're not on the show so that means they must be fired. Well, no. That was 100% incorrect."
But! Before you get excited about a spinoff series, know that it isn't happening. "[T]o pick up and read the actors saying, “We found out we were fired from Twitter.” All of us, the studio, the network, were like, 'OK, that isn’t exactly cool,' because we involved all three of them in that decision. So then what happened is that we decided, 'OK, let’s not do it.' So that’s where we are today. Maybe we’ll talk about it in April or May, but for now let’s just concentrate on making Season 3 the best that we can do."
Sounds like a totally rational response. Oh, wait; the opposite of that. Glee; the new Grey's Anatomy.