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OTRC: Chris Colfer found out he was leaving 'Glee' through Twitter

Chris Colfer appears in a promotional photo for the series 'Glee.' (FOX)

Chris Colfer says he found out about "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy's intention to have his and other characters graduate after season three last night on Twitter, not from Murphy himself.

"I looked on my Twitter replies and that's how I found out, I was like, oh, oh, okay, I guess they announced something," Colfer told Entertainment Tonight.

Colfer, who plays glee club member Kurt Hummel on the hit FOX series said that although the announcement wasn't a total shock, he wasn't expecting to move on so soon.

"We had kind of known since the beginning, since we started the show, that these characters were going to grow up and they were going to graduate eventually," Colfer continued. "I don't think I thought it was going to happen so soon, necessarily, but I think we knew something like this was coming."

Murphy, has said in the past that many of the show's characters will leave the show at the end of the upcoming third season of the FOX musical comedy series, which premieres on September 20.

He told The Hollywood Reporter recently that Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will not return after the show's third season.

In 2010, Colfer was nominated for an Emmy for his role. He was nominated again for his part in an announcement made on Thursday, July 14 (See a full list of 2011 Emmy nominations).

The actor told Entertainment tonight that he was "very happy" to receive a second Emmy nod.

"This morning I was dead asleep and my dad called me," Colfer said. "I've made it to the point where if a phone rings very early in the morning, I no longer think someone is dead, so I think it's progress... It would be nice to have a buddy for my [Golden Globe] to play with while I'm away at work, like cats."

He has also been keeping busy with other projects. In June, it was announced that Colfer has signed a two-book deal with Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

He is also writing a Disney Channel pilot titled "The Little Leftover Witch," based off a children's book by Florence Laughlin, as well as an independent feature called "Struck By Lightning."

Michele, who plays high school student and glee club diva Rachel Berry, said that the graduation was "all part of the plan" on Twitter. Michele herself was given the "Triple Threat" award by Billboard magazine in December 2010.

Monteith, who plays Berry's love interest and fellow glee club member Finn Hudson has not responded publicly to news of his characters' departure from "Glee."

Watch Colfer's Entertainment Tonight interview below.

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