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Ousting of ‘Glee’ cast members may not have been handled gracefully


Actor/singers Cory Monteith LeMichele Chris Colfer from cast “Glee” are all getting pink slips from creator Ryan Murphy.

Actor/singers Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, and Chris Colfer from the cast of “Glee” are all getting pink slips from creator Ryan Murphy.

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Updated: July 15, 2011 2:19AM



Even though all involved are attempting to put a good face on the just-announced shake-up at “Glee,” I’m hearing things are a bit tense — and there are ruffled feelings for a number of the hit TV show’s cast and crew.

While “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy always has said those musical marvels at fictional McKinley High would move on to make room for younger “students,” some “Glee” folks are not happy at the abrupt handling of this first big turnover.

In a chat with “Extra,” Chris Colfer said he was “surprised that there was an announcement made” that he and co-stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith will be ousted at the end of the next season. The timing was a bit awkward, coming on the eve of Thursday’s Emmy nominations — which included nods for both Colfer and South Side native Jane Lynch, host of the upcoming awards show. Colfer and Lynch won the two comedy supporting acting categories last year.

As for departing “Glee,” Colfer admitted he knew this was coming “eventually,” and added, “Do I want to leave the show? Absolutely not. This is home for me. But I understand that there’s time for a conclusion.”

Turning playful, Colfer joked about the future for his character, Kurt Hummel.

“I would love to see him walking off into the sunset with an internship at Vogue.”

† While Michele tweeted she accepts her axing from the show with no regrets, Monteith supposedly was blindsided — only learning about his exit when the news was released to the press.

† Of course, considering Colfer is 21, Michele turns 25 at the end of August and Monteith is 29, it does seem time for them to graduate from high school.

DATE SET: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his reality TV star fiancee Kristin Cavallari have set the date for their wedding. According to weddingchannel.com, the happy couple plan to tie the knot July 7, 2012 — so Cutler can go on his honeymoon prior to starting training camp in August.

For those curious about sending the couple a gift — they already are registered at Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel.

BENEFIT BIT: A bit more Hollywood glamor has been added to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s annual fund-raising luncheon, with Goldie Hawn starring as this year’s headliner.

I’ve just learned “Extra” correspondent and TV personality Adrianna Costa will be the emcee for the Sept. 19 Ritz-Carlton fete.

MIKE, THE MOVIE? Sounds like the roller coaster, rags-to-riches life of Our Town’s own Mike North could end up on the big screen. The life and times of the hot-dog-stand-owner-turned-radio-and-TV personality has captured the interest of well-known writer Max Allen Collins.

In a chat with the Iowa-based Collins this week, I learned he and North have had a number of serious meetings, as the Road to Perdition author contemplates the kind of screenplay he’d like to write. “I think Mike’s incredible life would make a fascinating film,” said Collins. “I see it having a similar feel to Sandra Bullock’s ‘The Blind Side.’

“Mike has had a very Horatio Alger kind of life. . . . He is such a vivid personality and isn’t afraid of sharing the tough times — including his battle with alcohol,” added Collins, clearly excited about the project.

† In the meantime, Collins has a full slate of other things pending, including finishing a couple of uncompleted Mickey Spillane novels and releasing the first book in his Nathan Heller mystery series in 10 years. “It will be out next month. The title is Bye, Bye Baby, and will be about what really happened to Marilyn Monroe,” said Collins with a mysterious chuckle.

STAGE SET: From one Nora to another: Chicago’s own Nora Dunn — joined by fellow local lights Felicia Fields, Barbara Robertson and Katie O’Brien, plus Emily Bergl of “Desperate Housewives” — will star in the Chicago production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” Nora and Delia Ephron’s theatricalization of Ilene Beckerman’s book about fashion and its impact on women’s lives.

The collection of vignettes and monologues, a long-running Broadway hit, is set for a Sept. 14-Oct. 23 run at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

SPORTS SHORT: Recent Harry Caray’s Kinzie Street sightings have included Cubs chairman Crane Kenney and Florida Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison, who has been criticized by the team’s president for his tweeting. Wonder if Morrison will get in trouble for tweeting a photo of himself posing with the Harry statue at the eatery?



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