Prepare to say farewell to Gleekers like Rachel and Finn next spring. Glee creator Ryan Murphy says that the original cast of FOX’s award-winning musical-comedy smash will graduate from McKinley High at the end of the show’s third season.

Sob! Pass the tissues, please.

“That is true,” the newly-engaged Murphy said, when KIIS-FM’s Ryan Seacrest grilled him on whether the Glee’s high-school characters would actually, you know, graduate from high school.

They’ll be none of that Saved By the Bell stuff where students remain in high school for over a decade, says the show’s boss. Murp’s is ditching the entire original cast, who wrapped on their junior year at the end of the show’s second season, to make way for newcomers. “We didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years… we really wanted it to be true to that experience [of graduating high school].”

The casting announcement likely means leading lady Lea Michele (Rachel) and leading man Cory Monteith (Finn) will likely exit the series soon. Which isn’t really a surprise — it wouldn’t make sense for wannabe superstar Rachel to hang around her Ohio high school forever, and Cory is nearly 30 in real life; surely he can’t play a teenager much longer.

So which original cast members will you be sad to see go?

     

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