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OTRC: 'Glee' cast not leaving the show after season 3, says executive producer Brad Falchuk

Lea Michele in a promotional still for 'Glee'. ( Miranda Penn Turin/FOX)

Rachel, Finn and Kurt might be sticking around on "Glee" after all.

During an appearance at Comic-Con, series co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk told thousands of fans on Sunday that Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer "are not done with the show after this season," the Associated Press reports.

He added, "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.'"

The statement conflicts with what series co-creator Ryan Murphy said earlier this month. "You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year," he told The Hollywood Reporter before adding, "more characters are leaving than are staying."

Murphy said he already talked about his decision with two of the actors. "We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top," he said.

Falchuk told fans that the actors remain under contract. Fans can expect a deeper look into the characters' lives and their post-high-school aspirations.

There is one "Glee" actor who won't be returning next season, Chord Overstreet. It was previously reported that Overstreet was set to reprise his recurring role on the series despite not getting picked up as a series regular for season three. Yet, according to Falchuk, Overstreet turned down the offer.

"We did invite [Chord] back for a portion of the season ? to see if being a regular was a possibility. But he declined the offer, which we were really disappointed by," he said according to TVLine. "We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes. He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can't force him to work, so we wished him well."

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