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 morning, Chris 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.
“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?”
Interview with EOnline
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