Glee’s Chris Colfer on His Emmy Nom and Leaving Glee (It Wasn’t My Choice)

UPDATE: Chris tells Access Hollywood that he learned of his upcoming departure from Glee on twitter! “Yeah, I found out that they made that announcement. I didn’t necessarily know that it was going to be our last season next year, I knew something like that was coming up eventually. I mean, we can’t be there forever…As a performer, I feel so fulfilled. I have two Emmy nominations and just from hearing from people out in the world about how much the character has helped people,” Chris said. “If it’s time for a conclusion, I’m fulfilled with it, and I’m fine with it.”

A source close to the show told Access that the three actors had “no idea” the news was coming. Ryan Murphy admitted to THR he hadn’t spoke with Cory Monteith yet.

Immediately after the Emmy nominations were announced this morningChris Colfer shared his feelings about his departure from Glee at the end of the upcoming season and his 2nd Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel.

Read the interviews at EW, TV Line and TV Guide.

“I think it was something we all knew was coming, just because Ryan has said from the beginning that people would be graduating,” Chris tells TV Guide, “It’s definitely not my choice  but I absolutely respect it and understand why it has to happen.”

“Ryan has said, and I love this, that there’s nothing sadder than a high school student with a bald spot — it’s true! This is what happens in real life. Kids grow up and they move on. It makes sense that that’s what we would do.”

Chris was never really sure what grade Kurt was in. “I always assumed that Kurt was very young in the original scripts.” he tells EW, “I knew he was 16, but I didn’t know what grade. Then when it was announced I was leaving, I was like, ‘I guess it’s our senior year next year!’”

” I would love to pull a Farrah Fawcett from Charlie’s Angels and come back every 10th episode,” he tells TV Guide. ”I’d be the obnoxious recurring star!”

And those spin-off rumors? “As of right now, it’s just rumors,” says Chris, “I’m not attached or signed on for any spinoff. There hasn’t been anything official yet.”

On his Emmy nomination in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy category, Chris was not assuming he’d be nominated again.

“There was almost more pressure this year because I was nominated last year,” he tells TV Line, “Last year, everyone was kind of like, ‘What? That’s crazy that [he] was nominated.’ So this year, I think a lot of people were expecting me to get nominated, but I was not one of them. I honestly didn’t think there was going to be room for me in the category [because the list of potential nominees] is so vast and a lot of my stuff is so dramatic [rather than comedic] on the show. So I didn’t think I was going to be included.”

On his co-stars Matt Morrison and Lea Michele not receiving nods again this year, Chris says, “We all work extremely hard on our show, and I know how much Matt and Lea put into it every day, so I am disappointed to see that they didn’t get nominations.”

In the meantime, Chris is looking forward to Season 3. “I am very much looking forward to the graduation gown that Kurt wears,” he tells TV Guide, “because Lord knows it’s going to be out of this world.”

Songs Chris would love to tackle next, “I love ‘Edge of Glory’ by Lady Gaga,” he says. “I think it would be funny to do ‘S&M’ by Rihanna too. I don’t know; is that pushing it?”

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  • adolf_hipster

    I love Chris and Lea and absolutely hate glee, so i’m happy they’re leaving and will do other projects.

  • gleeRPG

    I’m the opposite of adolf_hipster:

    I love glee, but I’m not crazy about Rachel or Kurt (especially not Kurt), so I’m glad to hear this as well.

    Though, I expect this “announcement” (which, honestly, it isn’t much of an announcement since Ryan has already said the current cast would be graduating and moving on…) is really a build up for him announcing the spin off. The spin off that I most likely won’t be watching. An entire show built around Kurt and Blaine? Borrrrrinngggg.

  • luvadamlambert

    That sucks, I think they should have told him before they announced it to the public.

  • May

    I enjoyed Glee in the first season, but the overexposure of those three characters ruined the 2nd season for me (I’m truly baffled by all the Emmy nominations). Lea’s character would have been better as a supporting character, IMO and I found it hard to watch any scene with her and Corey M, due to their astounding lack of chemistry. Corey is very cute, but his acting and singing are lackluster in comparison to the other guys. I liked Kurt and wish the actor wasn’t leaving, but I would have liked to see some of the other characters get the same quality screen-time. Maybe with these guys leaving, the writers will finally start to work on better character development for the rest of the cast (like Sam, Puck, Brittany, etc).

  • Axxxel

    Kurt seems to be the most developed character and I really enjoyed his prominent and dramatic storyline in Season 2. Unfortunately this is at the cost of some other characters such as his ex-best buddy Mercedes .

    Hope he can step back into the background and show a different, more comedic side of him… like commenting or giving advice to Sam (if he is still around) on how to handle Mercedes… It will also make the “goodbye -to – Kurt- ” less painful.