'Glee' stars exit on low note
FANS of hit TV musical comedy 'Glee' have reacted with anger to confirmation that three lead characters will exit at the end of the upcoming season.
Fox TV entertainment president Kevin Reilly said the show's Emmy Award-winning creator Ryan Murphy "probably regrets" going public with the news, and the subsequent confusion over a possible spin-off show for some of the departing stars.
Mr Murphy told a newspaper that actors Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn) and Chris Colfer (Kurt) would not be back for a fourth season in a bid to keep the show about a struggling high school choir more credible.
The shock move was confirmed by Fox at the weekend.
The news stunned fans after some of the actors said they learnt of their fate on Twitter.
'Glee' producers then said plans were under way for the three to appear in a spin-off show, which had later been cancelled.
Mr Reilly said the "public nature of it did take everybody by surprise".
"A spinoff was in the wind. It is still in the wind. We haven't said we are not doing it," Reilly insisted.
Reilly said the upcoming third season would be a "back-to-basics year" for the show.
"There are no big guest star-driven shows, no big tribute numbers. We are focusing on our core characters and relationships.
"There's going to be surprises," he added.