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Lea Michele in a promotional still for Glee. - Provided courtesy of  Miranda Penn Turin/FOX

Lea Michele responds to 'Glee' exit plan: 'We always knew we'd graduate in real time'

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07/14/2011 by Corinne Heller

Lea Michele says "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy's intention to have her and other characters "graduate in real time" was "all part of the plan."

Murphy, has said in the past that many of the show's characters will leave the show at the end of the upcoming third season of the FOX musical comedy series, which premieres on September 20.

He told The Hollywood Reporter recently that Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will not return after the show's third season.

"We always knew we'd graduate in real time," Michele Tweeted on Wednesday, July 13. "It's all part of the plan and it's all good! It's going to make Season 3 amazing!!!"

"To Gleeks everywhere, you're in my heart now and forever," she added. "Love u all!!! This is just the beginning!!"

Michele plays high school student and glee club diva Rachel Berry, who strives to become a Broadway star. Michele herself was given the "Triple Threat" award by Billboard magazine in December 2010.

Michele is also attempting a movie career and recently filmed the romantic comedy "New Year's Eve," which features an ensemble cast that includes Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl and Jessica Biel.

She recently voiced the main character in the animated 2012 movie "Dorothy of Oz," which also features Dan Aykroyd and "Star Trek" star Patrick Stewart.

Monteith, who plays Berry's love interest and fellow glee club member Finn Hudson, and Colfer, who portrays their friend and colleague Kurt, have not responded publicly to news of their characters' departures from "Glee."

In 2010, Colfer was nominated for an Emmy for his role. He was nominated again for his part in an announcement made on Thursday, July 14 (See a full list of 2011 Emmy nominations).

He has also been keeping busy with other projects. In June, it was announced that Colfer has signed a two-book deal with Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

He is also writing a Disney Channel pilot titled "The Little Leftover Witch," based off a children's book by Florence Laughlin, as well as an independent feature called "Struck By Lightning."

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