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‘Glee’ Cast Regulars All Returning for Season 4

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Oh Internet, you are a coy mistress regarding information, especially when it comes to the status of the graduating cast members of ‘Glee‘ that aren’t Rachel Berry! Rumors abound, based off tweets and comments issued by the actors themselves, that Dianna Agron, Amber Riley and more are no longer on the show.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, says creator Ryan Murphy. Not so fast, keyboard ninjas. Murphy came clean about who’s staying and who’s going. He shot down the rampant digital speculation, telling Vulture that “a lot of people have been writing Dianna’s off the show, Amber’s off the show — they’re not off the show.”

Gleeks can heave a collective sigh of relief.

The Murph took it upon himself to speculate about what Riley meant when she tweeted about missing the familiarity of the show’s setting, saying, “I think Amber was talking about that bittersweet feeling of, ‘I’ll never be in the choir room with that exact group of people.’ At least that’s what she told me … When I read that [tweet,] I said, ‘I think people will misconstrue that.’ She’s excited about where her character is going,” Murphy insisted. “They all are. I wanted to do the right thing by all of them.”

Murphy is a democratic and diplomatic leader, who governs ‘Glee’ with a bit of an emotional velvet glove, as it has become a family for him. “We had a meeting, and you know we’ve become like a family, and I said to them, ‘Anybody who wants to stay on the show will stay on the show,’” he confessed. “Anyone who is a regular is coming back. Everyone said ‘Yes.’”

Can we get a “Woo hoo?”

Why yes, yes we can. However, coming back isn’t clarified for “how long.” Not every character will appear in every episode or even half of the full episode order. “It doesn’t mean everyone will be doing 22 episodes, but everyone wants to stay in our family and our world,’” Murphy clarified. “I wanted to make sure those actors know that if they want to have a home, they have a home. If they want to explore new and different things while also having a home, that is also an option.”

What a terrific employment situation that is! Not many bosses will tell you the door is open and that you can walk through either side and come back freely and at will.

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