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Glee to exit from E4 and Channel 4

Cast members of Glee
Image caption Glee has been a ratings hit and has spawned a string of hit singles

Glee fans will no longer be able to see the TV show on digital channel E4 after parent company Channel 4 walked away from negotiations for the next series.

Sky is expected to be the show's likely destination after reportedly offering more than double the amount Channel 4 paid for its first two seasons.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Britney Spears are among those to have appeared on the US hit about a high school singing troupe.

Channel 4 said it would free up "huge amounts" by not renewing its Glee deal.

A spokesman said the money would go on "home-grown programming, British talent and... continuing to discover and showcase what the US has to offer".

The broadcaster was "particularly thrilled" to have secured the rights to the US version of Danish crime drama The Killing.

According to reports, Sky have offered to pay £12m for the rights to Glee's third series - about £500,000 per episode.

The final three episodes of season two will be the last to be aired on free-to-air channels if the deal goes ahead.

The second series has pulled in up to 2.6m viewers on E4, making it the channel's biggest ratings winner to date.

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