Ryan Murphy talks 'Glee' cast graduation and 'emotional' third season - Video
Ryan Murphy walked the red carpet at the premiere of "Glee 3D" on Sunday and while he was very tight-lipped about the show's upcoming third season, he told OnTheRedCarpet.com co-host Rachel Smith, "It'll be emotional and very bittersweet."
Murphy faced a small media storm last month about the future of some of the "Glee" cast. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, he stated members of the cast including Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith, might leave the show at the end of season three as a result of their characters graduating.
"More characters are leaving than are staying," he reportedly said about the show's fourth season.
He added, "Because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don't say, 'We're gonna let you go.'"
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.
"I said two things in an interview: I said, yes, they are graduating and they will not be back on the show for season 4. And when I did that interview, what was happening was we were asked to investigate doing a spin-off and it was a spin-off specifically for three of them, Chris, Cory and Lea," Murphy told the website.
He later added, "Now that that has collapsed. We're not talking about it, we're not pitching it. We're not doing anything for the next several months except for this third season."
At the premiere of the new film, Murphy talked once again about the new season and the cast graduating. He said, "I think it's going to be really emotional. I don't think you'll say goodbye, but some of them will graduate."
He added, "Yes and some of the old ones will stick around in new, exciting ways on the show."
"Glee 3D" hits theaters on August 12.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).