"Glee" Comic-Con Panel Reveals Seniors Aren't Finished After Graduation

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A "Glee" producer has assured fans Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith will pop up in future episodes after they officially leave the show next year.

Co-creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed the popular stars, who play talented high school students, would "graduate" at the end of the third season later this year.

But executive producer Brad Falchuk used his appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Sunday to clear up the reports.

He explains, "They are not done with the show after this season. Because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don't just say, 'We're going to let you go.'

"It was never our intention to let them go. They are not done with the show after this season."

Falchuk also dismissed reports the trio will star in a New York-based spin-off, insisting, "That was something we were planting as a possibility, but we didn't get much further than that. We're leaning against doing it. We certainly have explored it, but I think we're going to pass."

It was also revealed that Amber Riley's Mercedes will be getting a new boyfriend and it's not Chord Overstreet's Sam, Coach Beiste will be hanging around for a while and Sue is going bigger and bolder to try and get rid of the glee club kids.

Also it was revealed that Chord declined to return to "Glee" after not being picked up as a series regular even though he was offered a recurring role.

"For reasons he's aware of, we decided not to make him a regular but we did ask him to come back for a portion of the season," Falchuk explained at Comic-Con International this weekend. "He declined the offer, which we were very disappointed by because we were writing stories for him.

"We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes. He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can't force him to work so we wished him well."

Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Dot Marie Jones, and Harry Shum Jr were also on hand for the panel over the weekend.

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