Glee creator Ryan Murphy has been known for cooperating with the media – no producer is more diligent about leaking scoops, responding to feedback, and even on occasion getting into flame wars with bands that dis his show.
But all of Murphy’s chatter is starting to get him into trouble. His apparently impulsive announcement that three cast members would be leaving after Season Three surprised the actors in question, and resulted in a public backtrack this past weekend courtesy of fellow executive producer Brad Falchuk, who in the process seemed to suggest that Murphy’s bombshell was just a reporter’s fabrication.
Murphy’s latest announcement is unlikely to endear him to Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, and Cory Monteith, the Glee actors who were either fired and then un-fired, or (as Murphy tells it) were never fired to begin with. Speaking to Deadline.com, Murphy said that his original intention was that the Glee Three would graduate this coming season, but that he had been working on a possible spinoff that would follow the characters to New York, where they would attend Juilliard.
According to Murphy, the three actors were consulted on the possibility of a spinoff: “All three of them expressed interest. ‘Yeah, that sounds good. It’s good to graduate. It’s good to grow the characters.” He claims that since the actors were all on board with the spinoff idea, they could not have been surprised at finding out that their time on Glee would be ending: “So, for any of those actors to say, ‘I found out that I was fired off the show from Twitter,’ is absolutely 100% not true.” As a result of the controversy, said Murphy, the whole spinoff idea has been shelved while work proceeds on Season 3 of Glee, although he suggested it might be revisited late next season.
It sure looks like Murphy is implying that he dropped the spinoff idea because he thinks Colfer, Michele, and Monteith showed him up by creating a media firestorm, which seems like a strange way to do business. Why do I sense things might be a little tense on the set when everyone on Glee goes back to work next month?
In the Deadline interview, Murphy made this vow: “I’ve learned a lesson from this experience. I’ve learned to really really monitor what I say.” Yeah, we can tell.