Michele has assured fans she's fine with the axe, and has promised them her role as schoolgirl Rachel Berry is just "the beginning" of her career.

In a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "We always knew we'd graduate in real time. It's all part of the plan and it's all good! It's going to make Season 3 amazing!!!

"To Gleeks everywhere, you're in my heart now and forever. Love u all!!! This is just the beginning!!"