He says it wasn't a complete shock, however: "We had kind of known since the beginning, since we started the show, that these characters were going to grow up and they were going to graduate eventually. I don't think I thought it was going to happen so soon, necessarily, but I think we knew something like this was coming."
On his Emmy nom, he tells ET he is "very happy" and adds, "This morning I was dead asleep and my dad called me. .. I've made it to the point where if a phone rings very early in the monrning, I no longer think someone is dead, so I think it's progress. … It would be nice to have a buddy for my [Golden Globe] to play with while I'm away at work, like cats."
About filming his last season on "Glee," he says, "I'm excited because now it's like, well, here it is, better bring it now, so I think it actually adds more excitement to it."