Amber Riley has said that she could be leaving Glee at the end of next season.
The singer expressed uncertainty about her character Mercedes Jones’s future on the Fox comedy, following the announcement thatLea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will all depart the show in 2012.
Riley hinted to E!, “I may not be coming back for a fourth season.”
“Whatever happens, this third season is what happens, and I think everybody’s okay with it… I love my job to pieces, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go and, hopefully, there are greater things on the horizon.”
The Glee star also admitted that she had not been forewarned of the show shake-up by co-creator Ryan Murphy, but was quick to play down the “scandal” sparked by Colfer’s claim to be unaware of his axing.
“I found out about it like everybody else did, on the internet,” Riley revealed. “But it’s something that’s not that surprising to us, and I think it’s just more surprising to others.
“People think it’s such a scandal when, really, it’s not. I think it’s smart to have new students come in… and I’m really excited.”