With the "Glee" season three finale just five days away, the internet is buzzing about which characters are returning to the show and which are saying goodbye to McKinley High forever. Rumors sparked that Mercedes was leaving when actress Amber Riley tweeted, "Just closed a chapter in my life, the only thing I've known day in and day out for three years. I'm going to miss the whole Glee family, seeing them everyday!"
And while we don't need to worry about Lea Michele and Chris Colfer amidst reports that the show will follow their characters' New York adventures, it did make us wonder what was going to happen to the rest of the glee club seniors. With Quinn (Dianna Agron) off to Yale and Puck (Mark Salling) headed to California to expand his cleaning business, it seems like some characters could get tossed to the wayside.
Series creator Ryan Murphy, however, tells Vulture that Gleeks have nothing to worry about. "A lot of people have been writing Dianna's off the show, Amber's off the show—they're not off the show," he said.
"I think Amber was talking about that bittersweet feeling of, 'I'll never be in the choir room with that exact group of people,'" he continued. "She's excited about where her character is going. They all are. I wanted to do the right thing by all of them."
Ryan explained that when the "Glee" team had a meeting he told them if they wanted to stay on the show, he had a place for them—including Matthew Morrison's Mr. Schue and Jane Lynch's Coach Sylvester. "They're all coming back," he said. "Anyone who is a regular is coming back. Everyone said yes."
He does clarify some restrictions though. "It doesn't mean everyone will be doing 22 episodes, but everyone wants to stay in our family and our world," he said. "I wanted to make sure those actors know that if they want to have a home, they have a home. If they want to explore new and different things while also having a home, that is also an option."
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