Just as fans have started to come to terms with the fact that without Cory Monteith, Glee will never be the same, now comes news that another official exit from the show by a regular, original cast member is in the works. Jayma Mays has officially confirmed that her character, high school counselor-turned-Mrs. Schue Emma Pillsbury, isn't hanging around McKinley much longer.
Jayma confirmed that she's leaving Glee to Access Hollywood at the recent Smurfs 2 premiere, stating, "This is going to be my last season." Instead, Mays will be replacing Always Sunny star Mary Elizabeth Ellis on CBS' upcoming comedy, The Millers, starring Will Arnett. Good for her, but, ack! What does that mean for the rest of the cast ... and certain storylines -- Wemma?! -- we've grown to rely on?
All Jayma herself would volunteer in so far as what direction the show will go in down the road:
I’m finishing up this season, so I’m not sure what direction and who’s coming on and who’s not.
Oookay. What we know, however, is that Heather Morris, Mark Salling, Amber Riley, and Harry Shum, Jr. are off as regulars. No big surprise there, as they had already graduated and moved on as of the end of season 3. We also already knew that Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty) and The Glee Project alumni Blake Jenner and Alex Newell are here to stay. Adam Lambert will show up. Lea Michele confirmed that she'll be back, even in the wake of her/the cast's recent tragic loss.
But with this news, the confirmed sixth season seems like one really big question mark. I wouldn't be surprised if this means they write Mr. Schue off for that final season, too. What else would happen? Emma gets sent away for some kind of activist-y, Peace Corps-y type trip for the year? It's possible, but upping and leaving like that seems sorta out of character.
It would make more sense to have her and Mr. Schue pack up and leave together ... The "grown-ups" of the show gracefully exiting as they often do in teen-centric shows. But then again, this has never been your average teen-centric show. So who knows what'll happen? One thing's for sure ... We're definitely going to miss Emma!
What's your reaction to Jayma's departure? What do you think it means for Wemma in season 6?
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