Season three of Glee will be emmy-nominated actor Chris Colfer’s last, as his character, Kurt, prepares to say goodbye to William McKinley High School with a number of other series regulars.

The Hollywood Reporter this week confirmed what series co-creator Ryan Murphy had been hinting at over a number of weeks regarding the future of the cast. He said Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith would not be returning for a fourth season.

The trio are “not going to be back at all for Season 4,” Murphy told THR.

“You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticise you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”

The news followed the announcement that Chord Overstreet would not be returning to Glee, while Harry Shum Jr (Mike Chang) and Darren Criss (Kurt’s boyfriend, Blaine) would be promoted to series regulars in season three.

Colfer’s career seems to be thriving off the set of Glee, however. He’s currently filming coming-of-age comedy titled Struck by Lightning – which he also wrote the script for – and has signed a book deal to write two novels for children, the first of which is scheduled for release in 2012.

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