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Ryan Murphy Talks Cory Monteith's Death, Lea Michele's Grief, & Future 'Glee' Plans

Ryan Murphy Talks Cory Monteith's Death, Lea Michele's Grief, & Future 'Glee' Plans

Ryan Murphy has broken his silence on the tragic death of Cory Monteith, who starred on his co-created show Glee.

“It’s always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies, but one of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better,” the 47-year-old producer told THR.

He added, “When you’re faced with something so sad and so shocking, what do you do? Do we cancel the show? Do we start shooting in January? What do we do? Ultimately, we decided the best thing for everyone is to get back to work and be around people who knew him and loved him so that everyone can grieve together.”

“I’ve never met any 26-year-old person stronger than Lea. She’s really been the leader in this situation, which is very unfair in a weird way because this show has always been so complicated about characters merging into personal lives, merging into public identity, so it’s just all [bleeping] rough. It’s just rough and it sucks and there’s no right way to do it, but I just wanted people to know that there was nothing done without a lot of thought from a corporate level to a personal level, but ultimately, everyone involved made the decision, ‘OK, what does Lea want to do, what would Lea feel comfortable doing?’ This is what she wants to do,” Ryan told E! about Cory‘s girlfriend Lea Michele, who is one of the main leads in the show.

Ryan revealed that the first two episodes of the season have been written and are a two part Beatles tribute. With some slight modifications, the episodes will be keep intact so the writers can spend time finding a way to write Cory‘s death into the show for episode three. He has said Lea will be an integral part in figuring out the storyline and they will make sure she blesses each decision.

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  • Sasha

    So they’re going to have Lea, as Rachel, mourn Finn? How is that not messed up? They’re going to have her film a funeral and god knows what in less than a month for the sake of their idiotic show? I doubt she’s “OK” with that.

  • megan

    I don’t think she knows what’s she’s okay with at this point. It’s been just a week, she’s probably still in shock.

  • @Sasha: Cory deserves a goodbye on the show. He’s been there from the start. It’s unfair to just ship Finn off and pretend that he’s still alive. It could be very therapeutic for her and the rest of the cast as a final goodbye. Closure. Obviously it’ll be emotionally draining and tough for everyone, but that would occur wether or not they kill him off because he was such a huge part in the show. This will help the cast to move on and continue the show in a respectful way.

    Stop being pessimistic.

  • oz

    I think it’s lovely that they are consulting with Lea and will be in the future. But also remember that they need to let her grieve. Ryan needs to tell her to allow herself the time and space and privacy to grieve.

    A very big loss for not only the show but for everyone.

  • Sasha

    @: LOL there is nothing respectful about this show. FOX just wants to cash in on his death like they did for Whitney Houston when her body wasn’t even cold yet.

  • bona

    not necessary to have a funeral scene to mourn his character. that doesn’t have to be shown. will probably just be implied

  • @Sasha: LOL yes it is. They sing music! Wtf do you expect? Because Whitney Houston died they’re not allowed to cover her songs anymore?

    They were all family. They’re obviously going to be respectful towards Cory. Grow up.

  • nn

    It saddens me that people will never know the truth because their eyes are closed.
    Corey was sacrificed. Yes, sacrificed on july 13th only 31 years old on the hotel pacific rim. Look up what all of that means.
    You don’t want to because the truth scares you. But you have to look the truth right in the eye in order to survive this messed up world.

  • MsWatier

    @M: It’s not because someone had some issues that he cannot be loved by others.

  • Tiana

    I know I’m in the minority in this, but it breaks my heart that people are saying that the Glee Production is being selfish really how are they being selfish Cory made the decision to do drugs, he knew about the repercussions of doing drugs he’s and adult he knew better and at the end he let his demons win. Just because a person dies doesn’t mean the world stops and it’s not fair for the actors and actresses to lose there job over somebody else problems I know they were a family, friends, and etc.. But they shouldn’t feel the guilt what happened to this boy and that’s the truth of the matter.

  • ivy

    @nn: What are you talking about? Eyes closed, sacrificed, the truth scares you, look up what all of that means??? What are you talking about? Cory,unfortunately, died of a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol…seems pretty clear to me.

  • Rach

    There’s actually nothing in Ryan’s statement about them even killing Finn off (though I suspect that is the probable choice they’ll make) so there’s no need to go getting in a frenzy about Lea doing funeral scenes just yet . The “writers can spend time finding a way to write Cory‘s death into the show for episode three.” part of this article seems to be written by whoever wrote the post for this blog.
    I’m glad they’re letting Lea make the choices, it’s really only fair that she does. They do genuinely seem to be a tight knit bunch at Glee which is lovely and I feel for all of them the way this has already been and will continue (until September now) to be played out under public scrutiny.

  • unavoidable

    @Sasha: I doubt any of the cast are 100% okay with it, but the way the show is going, there is no way around it…after a hiatus, Cory’s character reunited with his old high school friends (Lea’s, Chris’, Naya’s, Mark’s characters, etc.) and returned to the high school to work with the new Glee club and Mr. Schue. His character was connected to everyone, it would be shameful and make no sense if they just sent his character somewhere. That would be pretending he’s still alive, or opening an opportunity to replace him (which I highly doubt would ever be on the table), and that’s wrong. It’s like when John Ritter died while 8 Simple Rules was still a show. There’s no way around this but to bring the tragedy onto the show, as well. It’s horrible, but when Cory died, so did Finn, and this is the only honorable way to do it while the show is still going. People seem to be hung up over the fact that the show is casting new characters, but Fox was already looking for new characters for this season to be new students at the school before any of this happened; it has nothing to do with replacing him or any of that. As sick as it seems, it also gives the fans an opportunity to mourn with the characters. They’ve grown to know these characters as friends, and Cory’s death was devastating for all of them too.

  • M

    to honour Cory, they should’ve cancelled it. and started a new show. same characters, but kind of a spin-off. maybe even one for New York and one for the new kids back at school

  • jinx


    a drug addiction is not something to mock. would you mock a smoker if they tried to quit smoking and relapsed? he made some dumbass decisions which he spent the majority of his life trying to correct. we should be concentrating on the wonderful work he has done and the sadness that he couldn’t overcome his demons. he was a human being, not some figure for you to utilise for your own self-superiority.

  • British Latin American

    @M: Go back to your perfect little hole and don’t spend any more time with real people.

  • Lance

    The Show must go on.. it will help everybody in the healing process…
    Be Strong and carry on… Poor Lea… His Car is still in her Driveway..