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"Oh my God, I couldn't go on my Twitter [Wednesday] without getting severe anxiety," says Chris Colfer. That's when Ryan Murphy made it official that Colfer, along with Glee stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, would be exiting the show after the coming third season.

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Colfer, who received his second Emmy nomination for playing Kurt Hummel on Thursday, says while the news wasn't unexpected, it was still shocking to hear it.

"I think it was something we all knew was coming, just because Ryan has said from the beginning that people would be graduating," he says. "It's definitely not my choice, but I absolutely respect it and understand why it has to happen. Ryan has said, and I love this, that there's nothing sadder than a high school student with a bald spot — it's true! This is what happens in real life. Kids grow up and they move on. It makes sense that that's what we would do."

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At the moment, he's too busy to get weepy. Asked how he'd celebrate his Emmy nod, Colfer said he's still filming the movie Struck By Lightning. "I'm going to the set of a movie that I'm starring in, wrote and am producing, so that's not too bad!"

Glee goes back into production next month, but Colfer's still waiting to hear what senior year holds for Kurt and his new boyfriend Blaine (Darren Criss). But he is excited about one thing: "I am very much looking forward to the graduation gown that Kurt wears because Lord knows it's going to be out of this world."

And there's always that song wishlist. "I love 'Edge of Glory' by Lady Gaga," he says. "I think it would be funny to do 'S&M' by Rihanna too. I don't know; is that pushing it?"