Gleeks got a bit of tough news yesterday when Amber Riley tweeted that she had closed a chapter in her life and is moving on from Glee.

After three years of belting out some of music’s most famous tunes, the actress is trading in her high school duds and moving on up to the big leagues.

Riley tweeted:

“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! SCHOOL’S OUT Glee Kids! Let’s play!”

Although Riley’s tweet seemed to indicate that her time on the musical comedy has come to an end, she left fans a brief opening, telling them, “Stay tuned to see what’s next for Mercedes ;)”

So is she leaving or what?

While I’m not sure if this marks the end of Riley’s tenure on the popular show, I think her exit from Glee while the show is still popular is a good move. There’s nothing worse than jumping from a sinking ship, and Riley had made a name for herself as a good actress and powerful singer and her departure is a good move for a few reasons.

Sidestepping typecasting: Actors who play a particular role long enough run the risk of always being associated with that role.  See Steve Urkel, Vanessa Huxtable, and Arnold Jackson as examples.

More freedom: Taping a TV show is extremely time consuming and leaves an actor little time to pursue other projects. Because its based in a high school, Riley couldn’t stay on Glee forever so leaving now will allow her time to pursue other film, stage, and TV roles.

What do you think about Amber Riley’s departure from ‘Glee’? Is it a good move? 

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