The hit TV show Glee is set to lose three of its biggest names in Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith.
The actors who play Rachel, Kurt and Finn will see their characters graduate at the end of the next series.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, justified the decision.
He said: “You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize 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.”
Murphy went on to explain that “more characters are leaving than are staying”.
Earlier this year, Chris Colfer won a Golden Globe for his role as Kurt Hummel. His character, the gay countertenor, faced a storyline in which he was bullied due to his sexuality.
The cast of Glee will feature in a concert film entitled Glee: The 3D Concert Movie based on footage from Glee Live! In Concert!. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is due for release in the UK on August 19.