July 15, 2011 5:45am PT by THR Staff
'Glee:' Chris Colfer Learned He Was Leaving on Twitter
Chris Colfer found out he was being written off Glee after season 3 on Twitter.
"I didn't necessarily know that it was going to be our last season next year," he tells Access Hollywood a few days after show creator Ryan Murphy first revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith would graduate after the next season.
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"I knew something like that was coming up eventually. I mean, we can't be there forever," adds Colfer, who earned an Emmy nomination Thursday for playing Kurt Hummel. He also won a Golden Globe for the role earlier this year.
Still, that doesn't mean he's eager to depart the Fox hit.
"Do I want to leave the show? Absolutely not," he tells Extra. "This is home for me. But I understand that there's time for a conclusion."
His Emmy nom is bittersweet.
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"As a performer, I feel so fulfilled," he says. "It's just a huge category. It's best actor in a comedy, and we all know that Kurt's not funny, so I'm very, very happy to be a part of it."
Colfer next stars in the indie coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning, which he also wrote. It hits big screens next year. Allison Janney co-stars as his mom.
Colfer also sold a pilot to Disney Channel titled The Little Leftover Witch, based on Florence Laughlin's children's book, which tells the tale of a witch who is taken in by a new family after her broom breaks and she drops out of the sky.
In addition, he has a two-book deal with Little, Brown Books for young readers. The Land of Stories, due in summer 2012, will tell the story of twins Alex and Connor Bailey and be a fast-paced adventure series that combines the modern world with fairytales. It will target readers ages 8-12 and be followed by a second novel that is yet to be titled.
He will appear along with the rest of the cast in Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, which opens Aug. 12. Fox is hosting special sneaks two days before the official opening.