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Glee's McKinley High is losing one of it's best singers -- and cutest faces! It has been confirmed that Chord Overstreet, who played transfer student Sam Evans on season 2 of the hit show, will not be a series regular when Glee returns for it's third season.
Insiders say Overstreet's option to up to "regular" status was declined by creator Ryan Murphy. Yet Murphy did give the green light to Darren Criss (Blaine) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), giving these two songbirds star status. Sources say Overstreet may return for occasional appearances.
While this news is upsetting to Overstreet fans (especially to those who were hanging on the season finale tease that Sam would be getting together with Mercedes!), we are all going to have to get used to saying goodbye to our Glee favorites. Murphy recently broke the news to Ryan Seacrest that the original cast will graduate from high school when this next season ends, and a whole new slew of singers will take over.
"I don't think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing," he said. "I think the fun thing about the show is it's a celebration of youth and talent and I think that just like with the original cast, I think finding those young unknown people and giving them an opportunity to break into the business and become stars is a really fun and exciting thing and is the spirit of the series."