Chord Overstreet (Sam) is finally talking about his abrupt departure from Glee earlier this summer. And we’ll be honest: He’s not nearly as scandalized, bitter, or dramatic about the whole affair as we may or may not have secretly hoped.

Michael Ausiello snagged the first (post-dumping) exclusive interview with Chord, in which they discussed everything from his feelings about leaving the show, to whether or not he’ll still watch Glee, to what’s next.

Credit: Iconix/Splash News Photo: Chord Overstreet Sits in a Chair for OP's Fall 2011 Campaign

TVLine: What was your reaction when you learned Glee had decided not to pick up your series regular option for Season 3?
Of course I was bummed initially. I had the best time working on the show and I had one of the best life experiences. It was a blast. But I decided to look at it as an opportunity to dive into my music.

The news broke when you were on the road for the final leg of the Glee concert tour. Was the cast supportive?
We spent the past 12, 13 months together, so we were like a family. I made some friends for life. They were all there for me. They were all really sweet.

The producers invited you back on a recurring basis with the possibility of becoming a regular later in the season, but you declined. Why?
I’ve been writing music my entire life and I had an opportunity to work on a record. It’s something I have a huge passion for. I did a lot of thinking and I felt like it was a good time to work on my album and focus on that avenue of my career. They offered me the chance to come back for a few episodes, but there was nothing guaranteed so I decided to dive into the music thing. And that’s been my main priority the past two months.

Read the full interview over at TV Line!

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