Comic Con Glee Panel

Hmmm. So, the Glee panel didn’t feature co-creator Ryan Murphy. Instead it had co-producer Brad Falchuk. Apparently Murphy and Falchuk don’t see eye to eye about handling this coming season.

See, back about a month ago, Murphy announced in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Rachel, Finn and Kurt were all going to be seniors next years. That meant they would A) graduate and B) leave the series.

Yes, the three biggest names on the show were fired at the end of this coming season. It was certainly an attention getter. Chris Colfer later said he didn’t know until he saw the news being retweeted.

Well, now– Falchuk obviously doesn’t see this as a good idea.

“Here’s the exact thing: [Rachel, Kurt and Finn] are seniors, so they’re graduating,” Falchuk explained, “but because they’re graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t say, ‘We’re gonna let you go.’” Plus, he noted, “A number of the original [cast members’ characters] are not graduating this year.”

Falchuk reiterated, “It was never our plan or our intention to let them go…. They are not done with the show after this season.”

My first reacvtion was to think fans of Glee should start worrying. Because obviously there are two schools of thought, and it;s not clear who’s won the fight.

Thankfully HitFix did the legwork and tracked down Falchuk backstage and got some answers.

Falchuk didn’t claim Ryan Murphy had been taken out of context in The Hollywood Reporter, he claimed that there was no way of understanding how the reporter would have gotten the information in the story.
Read the transcript. See if you come away with an understanding….

Pressed a bit more, Falchuk expanded on his answer.
“What I said was, I think that’s wrong, because Ryan told me he didn’t say that. That’s what I said,” Falchuk explained. “I’m sure that if you look back, maybe in more words, but that’s what I said, was that that’s not what Ryan said. And the reason why I was confused as to why it would be reported that way is because it’s just not true. Since March, we have been discussing with Cory, Lea and Chris, specifically, what the plans for the future are. That they’re all graduating. We told them very clearly, ‘You’re all graduating, but we have plans for the future.’ So for Ryan to say ‘At the end of the season they’re done’ made no sense to me. And then when he told me he didn’t say it, that’s why I felt comfortable saying that, because I knew the actual… no matter what he said, I knew the facts, which is that it doesn’t make any sense. It’d be like saying that Lea is not on the show next year. I know that Lea’s on the show next year. So it wouldn’t make any sense, so I felt comfortable saying that… I didn’t want to impeach her in any way and say that she’s wrong, but I know the facts and that Ryan told me it’s not what he said.”
All righty then. So Falchuk is claiming that Murphy swears that wasn’t what he said, when it is in fact EXACTLY what he said. More like Those That Greenlight The Show went ballistic and a half when they heard that Murphy planned to fire the main stars of the show in the name of creative integrity and told him there will be none of that. Suddenly Murphy’s absence from the panel makes a lot more sense….

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