Lea Michele: 'Glee' 'might be saying goodbye to some people'
During the "Glee" season 3 premiere, many of the characters wondered about their future and talked about graduating, meaning that the show's fictional Glee club, New Directions, will need some new blood.
"We're bringing in a lot of characters that I think are going to be involved in our show next year, so they're sort of getting infiltrated this year," Lea Michele told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at the recent Variety's recent "Women in Power" luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. "We might be saying goodbye to some people."
"Although I have to be honest with you, I have no idea what's going on," Michele added.
"Glee" creators and producers faced a slight controversy over the summer when series co-creator Ryan Murphy told reporters that Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith, might leave the show at the end of season 3 as a result of their characters graduating.
Murphy then tried to clear up the confusion over his previous statements. In an interview with Deadline.com on July 28, he revealed that he was working on a spin-off of "Glee" at the time he gave that interview to The Hollywood Reporter. He added that, at the time, it was his intention to carry over the graduating characters to the new series.
He later told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the "Glee 3D" premiere, "I don't think you'll say goodbye, but some of them will graduate." He added, "Some of the old ones will stick around in new, exciting ways on the show."
Meanwhile, viewers learned that New Directions members Artie and Tina were juniors, and saw Blaine leave the Warblers and Dalton Academy to come to McKinley High and join his boyfriend Kurt in the glee club. The show is also set to bring in actors Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty, who won "The Glee Project."
Michele recently said that "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland's comments on her "red carpet pose" "hurt my feelings a little bit." She added, "I really think the message of today is that women should motivate and empower women, and so that's why I'm honored to be a part of today."