'Glee' Season 4 Cast Exit News Sparks Twitter Explosion

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On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news that Glee regulars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer would not be returning for a fourth season.

The trio are “not going to be back at all for Season 4,” Murphy told THR. “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.”

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The news followed the announcement that Chord Overstreet would not be returning to Glee, while Harry Shum Jr. and Darren Criss will be back for Season 3.

But how did viewers and fans react to the news? Here are a few Twitter reactions after the news broke:

Yvette Caballero (@sleeplessinsea): "Try finding seat @ CC panel now."

Alexander Q. Smith (@alexqsmith): "umm, @msleamichele, see you back on broadway?!!"

Felipe Rocha (@feliperocha98): "The end of Glee."

Alex Concepcion (@IAmVonStroheim): "Good start let's get rid of it entirely."

Linh Chameleon (@CelebrateSoul): "Lea, Corey and Chris may be in a GLEE spinoff TV show!"

Marcos Canales (@poppas2cents): "Makes sense, but announced too soon?"

Eric Dickinger (@ericdickinger): "I don't watch Glee but this seems to be pretty big news."

Majo-Amber (@Majo_P): "PLEAASE GUYS U MUST RETURN PLEASE."

A user with @mtjstyle account wrote: "Hol' up! Kurt, Rachel AND Finn aren't returning to Glee? As Negative Nancy said: Somewhere the devil is dancing."

Joanne Hasbun (@Joanneh1987): "WHAT!!!! OMG NOOOOOOOOOOoooooOOOOoooo Glee without them it wont be tha same!"

ScottyB (@scooterbeanbag): "GOOD RIDDANCE RACHEL BERRY!"

Camilla Elisabeth (@CamillaBeth): "Harry Potter ends and it's anounced that Chris, Lea and Cory will officially leave Glee next year. It's a sad day in movie/TV for me today."

Vicky B. (@vickybonline): "Lea Michele, Cory Monteith & Chris Colfer not returning to #Glee for season 4! Are you shocked because I am!"

Anthony Johnson (@AntJLegrand): "Happy & sad at the same time."

Giles (@gilesgoatboy): "proof Glee lost its mind after the first season."

Gunner Narron (@GunnerNarron): "thank god ryan is talking baout lea and kurt spinoff!"

Becca (@NicoleATexasFan): "so the rest of the cast will be held back?"

Jarrah Hodge (@jarrahpenguin): "I'll mostly miss Kurt."

Sarah Stephens (@SnowWhite22): "Makes sense but I'm sad."

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