Amber Riley Leaves Glee

On next Tuesday’s episode of Glee we will all witness the Seniors graduate from McKinley High. However, looks like Glee’s Amber Riley, who portrays the powerhouse singer Mercedes Jones, will be taking her last and final bow.

Amber Riley semi confirmed this bit of news by tweeting this message in regards to her status on the Fox show. “That’s a wrap on Amber Riley! Just closed a chapter in my life, the only thing I’ve known day in and day out for three years. I’m going to miss the whole Glee family, seeing them everyday! I have so many brothers and sisters now ? But I am looking forward to a much needed and deserved summer vacation!” she continued, “SCHOOL’S OUT Glee Kids! Let’s play!”

Although don’t count her out just yet, because moments after another cryptic tweet from Riley appeared saying, “Stay tuned to see what’s next for Mercedes ;)” Sounds like quite the tease to us!

Does this mean that the character of Mercedes will live on with mentions from the cast who will remain in the context of the show, or does this mean viewers will find out about the character’s fate on the season finale? Only time will tell.

In the past there have been minor confusion over whether or not cast members were leaving the show or not. Even the actors at one point seemed confused with show runner’s Ryan Murphy’s comments concerning their character’s fate. Murphy initially said he had planned to launch a New York spin-off with Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, who play Rachel and Kurt respectively. Although Colfer and Michele claimed to not be aware of the spin off plans.

When asked about the confusion Murphy had this to say:

The truth is, I’d been speaking to Lea, Chris and Cory for months about doing a spin-off, perhaps a New York City Julliard-type thing after their characters leave Lima Heights. The way I see it, I can make a bazillion dollars doing one hit show, or I can make two bazillion dollars by chopping that show in half and creating two shows. In an interview, I said they were to graduate and leave Glee, and then those ungrateful little bastards had the audacity to act shocked, which in turn caused thousands of fans to show up on my doorstep with torches and pitchforks. So I was like, “You know what? No. No spin-off! No spin-off for any of you!

The news of Amber Riley’s possible departure from the show is right on the heels of Fox’s 2012 upfront which will be taking place on Monday afternoon at the Beacon Theater in New York.

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