At first, Ryan Murphy didn’t want to talk about Glee.

At the TV critics press tour promoting his new FX series American Horror Story, the Glee creator was immediately swarmed after the panel concluded by reporters hoping for another tidbit in the back-and-forth confusion over which characters were leaving at the end of season three and the spin-off.

“You know, I really don’t want to,” Murphy said into the dozen or so digital recorders thrust in his face when asked about the Fox hit. “I think I’ve said everything I want to say about Glee … for now.”

Another reporter tried: “[Fox entertainment president] Kevin Reilly says the Glee spin-off may still happen?”

Murphy, adding a bit more sharpness into his voice, replied, “I’m not talking about Glee. I’m sorry.”

Then another reporter snarked: “That’s unusual for you, Kevin.”

Ryan,” corrected Murphy, and rather archly added: “And yes. It is.”

That backs off the horde for awhile and reporters stick to questions about Horror Story (the press was legitimately interested in the new show, btw; many critics really like the show’s pilot, and we’ll have more on that promising series later). But the Glee-focused scribes gradually gave up and left until only a few remained. Murphy left the stage, and then … suddenly … it happened — a Glee nugget!

“I think one of the things that we’re doing for season three is servicing more of the kids,” Murphy said. “I don’t think there’s been enough Amber. I don’t think here’s been enough Jenna or Harry. So very early on around episode 3 or 4 we start…”

Then he catches himself. “It always goes in waves,” he said. “It’s hard on me because I love all those actors and they’re so talented and I feel an obligation to showcase their talent, and this year I think we’re going to do that a little better.”

Then a reporter asks about The Glee Project.

“Oh, I can’t talk about The Glee Project,” Murphy said, “because I’m worried I’ll slip and tell you who won.”