When a bigwig wants to drop a bomb like "this is your last season," you'd think that as the creator and executive producer of a hit like Glee, R.M. would have the smarts and decency to treat his team right.
And a McKinley High insider slips us some scoop on what might be behind the recent madness:
When Murphy decided to tell the Hollywood Reporter last week that series regulars (and fan-favorites) Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer were leaving the show for good at the end of the upcoming third season, it was news to them.
Well, kind of.
Murphy said an interview with the Reporter that he had had conversations with Michele and Colfer, but it was clearly still a shock to Colfer, who found out via Twitter. He said to ETOnline, "I looked on my Twitter replies and that's how I found out, I was like, 'Oh, oh, OK, I guess they announced something.' "
Also during the Reporter interview, Murphy admitted that he hadn't personally discussed the departure plans with Cory, but just assumed that he knew it was his last year. Wonder how the rest of the cast is going to find out they're going to be unemployed?
You'd think that Ryan might consider losing three of his power players to be show suicide, but then again, we'd never begin to insinuate that we know what goes on inside his head.
"I think he's bored with Glee now," says a show insider who's very familiar with R.M. "That's probably why you're seeing all these weird happenings with no real, well-thought-out message as to what's going on with the show, who's going where and why."
Ryan's apparent struggle with boredom became glaringly obvious in the show's second season, where storylines were tossed around like salad and plot was scrapped for glitz, glamour and ratings.
A rep for Murphy declined to discuss the claims some Glee vets are telling us.
"Ryan gets bored very easily," our insider spills. "He'll shoot his wad with Gwyneth Paltrow! Britney Spears! Then, I don't think he always knows where to go from there. He's not really great with figuring out pace."
And it's always important to keep in mind that everything Murphy says should be taken with a grain of salt. It was just announced this week that Idina Menzel, who played Rachel's biological mother, Shelby Corcoran, is going to be making a reappearance in the upcoming third season. Hmmm...
Hey, Murphs, remember when you claimed, "We're not going to have any guest stars"? And by the way, whatever happened to that Christian character and Mercedes' love interest who were supposed to show up last season?
And it's not just the actors who are getting the short end of the stick. Murphy is so headstrong that he flips out whenever a band refuses to release its music to him. Remember when the Kings Of Leon turned down Murphy's request to use their music earlier this year? He shot back: "F--k you, Kings of Leon. They're self-centered assholes and they missed the big picture."
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters also added, "And then the guy who created Glee is so offended that we're not, like, begging to be on his f--king show...F--k that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee."
He eventually apologized to KOL, but it still reinforced the idea that Ryan Murphy has a crazy streak.
Did we mention how he tirelessly works the cast into the ground with an insane shooting/recording/choreography schedule?
So, all you hammering out there for confirmation of a Rachel-Kurt spinoff, we ask you: Do you really want to place poor Lea and Chris under the mad scrutiny of Ryan Murphy again?