Glee Boss Ryan Murphy Opens Up About Cory Monteith's Death, Finn Tribute Episode, How Grieving Lea Michele Has 'Been a Rock'

Ryan Murphy Glee Cory MonteithOn Friday, Fox announced that production on Glee would be pushed back until August in the wake of Cory Monteith‘s sudden death last week. The postponement subsequently moved the show’s Season 5 premiere back a week, to Sept. 26.

The relatively short delay was met with surprise given the enormity of the tragedy, particularly for the show’s leading lady and Monteith’s real-life girlfriend Lea Michele.

Here, Glee cocreator Ryan Murphy breaks his silence on the actor’s passing, explains the thinking behind the brief postponement (and the role Michele played in the decision), reveals the show’s plan to explore the death of Monteith’s character and offers the first glimpse of how Glee will carry on without Finn.

RELATED | Cory Monteith’s 10 Best Glee Moments

TVLINE | Thanks for your time. I know you wanted to talk a little bit about the reason for the one-week delay and why it wasn’t longer. Some people thought maybe it should be.
Well, it’s such uncharted water for me, personally. We had several options. We could delay shooting until November, we could delay shooting until January. But, ultimately, what we decided to do for the cast and crew was start shooting with something that we had already written. We had written two Beatles episodes in May and had been working on that tribute for four years. We just decided that it would probably be the best for everybody to get back together and be working and have grief counselors on set for two weeks, which we’re going to do. But, ultimately, we made no decisions without consulting Lea. [Executive producer] Brad Falchuk and I talked to Lea and really asked her what she wanted to do. We laid out every possible option. And she was very adamant that she thought it was best for the cast and crew to get back together sooner [rather] than later so that mortgages could be paid and people could take care of their families. Cory was so beloved that she felt people really needed to be together in this time. So we sort of followed her lead.

TVLINE | Will you address Finn’s absence in the first two episodes?
I don’t think so. We were supposed to be on in the fall with four episodes, and that’s just not going to happen. So we’re going to go on the air with two episodes and right now we’re writing the third episode, which deals with Finn’s death – which, you can imagine, is a very difficult episode to write. [It] has to be done very carefully and with a lot of taste and really making sure that it’s a tribute to Cory. Then, who knows? Maybe we’ll wait to shoot that. We really have to see how everybody feels… We’re going to take a long writers’ hiatus after that episode to refigure the season and continue to take care of the cast and crew and work on setting things up in Cory’s honor – scholarships, what have you – because that’s something we’re dedicated to doing. It’s just a crazy, really difficult, very emotional time. I think what we’re really trying to do is deal with it as a family, which is what that group of people is. Lea is obviously very grief-stricken but she’s also one of the strongest people I know. She wants people to be better and get back to work. So that’s what we’re going to do.

TVLINE | So Lea will be back with the show at the start of Season 5, including the Beatles two-parter?
Yes. She wants to be with people. The [Glee] family is her family. She wants to be with the cast and the crew.

TVLINE | The tribute episode will be shot immediately after the two-parter, then you go on hiatus?
Yes. I mean, who knows how long it’s going to take to craft and what it’s going to be? I just got back into town Tuesday from shooting [HBO’s The Normal Heart] and immediately, even in New York, was dealing with the specifics of Cory’s death. I don’t have all the answers. But I just wanted people to know that no decision has been taken lightly and it’s been a week where everyone, from [20th Century Fox TV chiefs] Dana Walden and Gary Newman to [Fox bosses] Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice to [21st Century Fox chairman and CEO] Rupert Murdoch, everyone has weighed in and wanted us to do the best thing for the cast and crew.

RELATED VIDEO | Glee‘s Jane Lynch Remembers Cory Monteith: ‘I Don’t Think He Left One Day Unlived’

TVLINE | And in terms of what fans will see on TV, the two Beatles episodes will air, followed by the tribute episode, and then a hiatus?
Yes. It’s impossible to start the season with the tribute episode; we have no time to prepare it.

TVLINE | You mentioned that you’ve spoken to Lea. A lot of people are really curious about how she’s holding up. 
It’s just a very tragic thing. It’s been a very difficult thing for all of us, including Lea, to love someone who is an addict. It’s something all of us have been dealing with for many months. It’s a disease and, unfortunately, the disease flared up. As soon as we found out, we staged an intervention with Cory that Lea was 100 percent running, out of love and trying to get him better, saying, “Look. Don’t worry about your job; you will always have a job. Don’t worry about fear. Don’t worry about shame. Just worry about getting better and getting stronger…” He was like a son to me… He was both very loving and very sweet and also very stubborn. I really expected him to fight me. He wanted to finish those last two episodes of [Season 4], and that’s when we found out about the addiction flaring up again and I said, “F–k no. We’re writing you out of these episodes. Your life is more important than any stupid TV show. You’re not going to film. You’re going to get in a car right now and get help that I and Brad and Lea have arranged.” I thought he was going to fight me. He said, instead, “OK, I’m so glad it’s over.” He embraced it and went without a fight and got in a car and went to rehab.

RELATED | Dianna Agron and Naya Rivera Remember Co-Star Cory Monteith

TVLINE | And you thought he was doing OK?
All early reports were that he was doing really well. I spoke to him, and he was really grateful. Lea was very instrumental in trying to save his life and get him the help that he needed and I think for everyone, including myself and her, it’s just a shock. It happened so quickly and without warning, as it often does for many people… She’s also been a rock for many people as well. I’ve never, ever met a 26-year-old girl or boy who’s capable of doing what she’s done in the past week. I marvel at it. I really have taken – as we all have – our lead from Lea. We won’t do anything that she doesn’t want to do. We’re planning a memorial service this week for the cast and crew and people at Fox, everybody who loved him. She’s been planning that and making decisions.

TVLINE | Do you have a memory of Cory that epitomizes who he was for you?
The thing that I struggle with is the darkness that befell him, it was so the opposite of the person that I knew and tried to save. It was a really hard part to cast. The first time I saw Cory was on a videotape where he was playing Tupperware drums. But he was in the first scene of the first shot when I directed the Glee pilot. It was a scene with Mr. Schue and Finn where they were in Mr. Schue’s office and Mr. Schue was framing him. It was a very strange pilot and it was a musical, which nobody had really done successfully. So people were nervous, I was nervous about it. And I remember after his first take, he came up to me and said, “This is gonna be fun.”

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  1. Anon says:

    Ryan Murphy expressed himself with eloquence and respect. Well done. And the questions were relevant, but not intrusive.

    I am glad they are taking time to do the tribute episode…that will give time to create something beautiful that will really honor Montieth’s memory.

    • RockGolf says:

      “As soon as we found out, we staged an intervention with Cory that Lea was 100 percent running out of love…”
      I had to read that a couple of different ways.

      • Hannah says:

        “We staged an intervention with Cory that Lea was 100 percent running, out of love and trying to get him better”- the comma is important.

      • Cheri says:

        As much as we put him on a pedestal and overlooked his past of drug addiction, we did not see the true struggles Cory had with it. Lea tried to be supportive and positive for him to maintain his sobriety, but even that wasn’t enough. He succeeded for many years, worked hard to get straight, to find succeed on a hit show and to be involved into very significant charities that helped those I need. He seemed to have it all. But, like with any addiction, it is a real struggle for anyone to maintain sobriety. Ryan Murphy showed how much Cory meant to everyone, to even hold his job for him. That is unheard of in Hollywood. Cory has shown in every way what kind of man he truly was. He deserved all the best things that life can bring. He just wasn’t able to keep his past at bay long enough until help could arrive. All the best rehab places in the world try their best to give patrons the vehicles, time and resources to conquer their demons. But, we have seen through out time, some make it and some don’t. Some struggle and have a conscience that keeps them trying to make it. But, then there are those who are overcome with all the pitfalls and spectacles that go with it. Amanda Bynes. Lindsay Lohan.
        Robert Downey Jr was one of those who fought hard and fell at times but tried again and again, until he seems to be well adjusted to living a life with little harm.

        Then, there are those fre, like Cory, who really try and have the support systems to aid their journeys but fail. As in Cory’s ill fated lapse he lost for good. He is one of those whom I won’t pass any judgment on, because he was a wonderful person with a heart of gold who was a giver and thought of others, even when he was fighting the hardest battle of his life. I wish we could turn back time to be there for him when he needed help. It is times like these when wonderful people are lost but their passing and how it happened gives us pause to rethink about how precious life is and not take anything for granted. We should be good to others and be grateful for what we have. Because Cory lived his life that way, showed us how to be that way, and to give of our hearts and abilities when we can. Because, life is a one way, but when we share ourselves, we won’t leave this world without leaving a big part of us in others hearts and minds.

    • sarah says:

      Interventions are highly dangerous. Post rehab is highly, highly dangerous. Where was the support for Cory.

      • DL says:

        I’m sure there was plenty of support. Isn’t right to make assumptions in a situation like this.

      • Leigh says:

        Listen, I have every confidence the support was there but addicts are clever. Perhaps before I had a member of my own family become addicted to heroin I would’ve been a bit more judgmental, too, but once you experience having a loved one become a junkie your perspective changes. I applaud the effort put forth by the young man’s family and loved ones on his behalf. But, ultimately, he’s the one responsible for himself. It just sux.

      • dee123 says:

        Are you a doctor? I doubt it.

        • wi says:

          You dont have to be a doctor to know that post-rehab time is particularly dangerous for a junkie. The doses you were used to are quite higher than what you need after being sober. Also, your body does not react the same way as when you are using every day. Add to that mixing with alcohol which masks the drugs effect – which pushes you to intake even more drugs -, and you get a very risky “cocktail”. Unfortunately, you dont need to be a doctor to know all this.

      • IP says:

        You don’t think it was supportive that they staged an intervention? Let him keep his job? Didn’t completely disgrace his name on national tv by firing him and telling everyone just how bad it really was? When it comes down to it, they did the right thing, they tried to save him, but they’re not doctors, or experts in addiction, and clearly they weren’t given all the information they needed about how long he should be in rehab, how they should handle his return, etc. And seriously, we really need to understand that Cory’s death is on him and him alone. He had a tough life yes, he had a ‘disease’ when he died, yes, but all the decisions leading to his death were his own, no one else’s. He seemed like a nice enough guy but it really amazes me how fox and the media have managed to keep his name so untarnished considering that he was a heroin user, and only two months after his friends and family helped him get clean, he decided to use again.

        • emma Hägg says:

          What do you mean ” but they’re not doctors, or experts in addiction, and clearly they weren’t given all the information they needed about how long he should be in rehab, how they should handle his return”
          They were surely very close to him. BUT I don´t think that it was their responsibility to handle all that when he got out. I mean please think about it, he had someone else that handle that. Otherwise I really think Lea and all the others would done more that they did… Lea seems to be a person that´s on of a kind!

      • Jane Maini says:

        This is second time I have read your comment about interventions being highly dangerous. I know post-rehab is and I agree with you entirely that Cory’s friends seemed to be ignorant about what a terribly fragile time this is for a recovering addict. It seems, though I can’t know for sure, that no structured support system was put in place for him. Going off to Mexico on vacation with Lea on the very day he got out of rehab was not at all what he needed. Neither was appearing at various celebrity functions. And certainly gong to Vancouver by himself was the most dangerous thing he could have done.

        I have tried to find online the reason why interventions can be dangerous, but have found nothing. As I have a friend who is an addict and his family is planning an intervention (with which I disagree) I would very much like to hear what you have to say.

        Two weeks after Cory’s death I find myself still profoundly affected. I am by no means a teenage star struck fan, but an older woman who knows all to well what it’s like to struggle with a debilitating mental illness and how it steals huge portions of your life. I find myself also feeling angry that he was not better taken care of. There are other means besides intervention to help an addict, as you no doubt know.

        Thank you for you time.

    • Cheri says:

      Well said. Cory was a very loved guy by the entire crew of Glee. Ryan said it, there was an intervention which Cory accepted and went into rehab. The love of Cory was surrounding him and supporting him. The addiction was just too strong even with all the love of those surrounding him. You know, I hope that Cory’s death will be a light to those who are in his same shoes and hope that the real Cory is known and that he really was an amazing person who tried to beat his past. And that he was a shining light of humility and he had a passion for those in need.

  2. It’s just so. damn. sad.

    • Matt says:

      Especially since Glee doesn’t know how to do “sad.”

      • Juliana says:

        I think that it can go either way. Glee did sad pretty well on the episode where Sue’s sister died.

        • Pickle8182 says:

          I really hope they don’t just gloss over the cause of death in the episode. I hope they can do it in a way to give him tribute, show their love and his, but to let the MANY young viewers know the dangers of addiction. How it can take away the talented, rich, loved young people in everyone’s lives.

          • Carmen says:

            I suspect that by now the majority of young viewers are aware of the cause of Cory’s death. Finn, the character that Cory portrayed, is fictional and does need to die the same way. Actually, I think that out of compassion for Cory’s family and the Glee community (including the fans of the show) who are hurting over the beloved young actor’s passing, and out of respect for the way Finn’s character was written and brought to life, the focus of the third episode might be a memorial to Finn, not a lot of plot about how he dies or how his family, Rachel and his friends find out about it (even if the cause is said to be related to substance abuse). I can imagine an episode in which old and new members of New Directions and all the other characters that knew Finn come together to remember and celebrate the character’s life with stories and footage of regional competitions and with songs dedicated to Finn. If this is “glossing over” the issue of the dangers of drug use,in this case, I’ll take it.

    • lindasays says:

      Amen. Truth. Well said. Where is the empathy? Walk a mile in their shoes? Live and let live? It stands to reason that those directly involved would want to go by rote. Survival mode. How dare anyone judge anyone else’s process. At this point, they get credit for getting out of bed in the morning.

  3. girlinmd says:

    Wow glad to get some updates I can’t imagine what the cast and crew are going through but from all I have read it seems that this is what Cory would have wanted and for Lea to be thinking about how this will be on the crew who rely on their paycheck a shows what a strong and caring woman she is the tribute episode will be tough to watch will stock up on tissues!

    • amazing says:

      Really proud of lea michele right now, I never was a big fan but this difficult situation showed she has so much class and the way she tried to help Cory is remarkable.

    • jennrae says:

      Okay, I guess I’m going to be the Negative Nelly here but…every article I read has Lea Michele making funeral plans, memorial plans, etc, and I just have to wonder how I would feel if it were my son and his girlfriend were running things. Maybe I would relish handing over the process to someone else, maybe it would piss me off. I’ve tried to plan a funeral for my father before and I know what it’s like day of to find that all my plans were changed by some cousin. It makes you resentful, if you can’t tell. But Lea’s got a Type A personality and I seriously doubt she’s letting anybody else make decisions if they contradict her own.

      • Alia says:

        Everything I’ve read (aside from this) has stated or implied that she’s been *with* his family during this time, and that they’re making these decisions together. As for how the situation is going to be handled with the show and on the set, yes, of course she should be taking the lead on that, as she’s the one most affected in that environment.

        • jennrae says:

          Well, I’ll just go ahead and say it’s self-serving. Do you know who’s career Lea is thinking about? Lea’s. She’s got an album coming out and this whole mess needs to go away in time for promotion. If you think she and her people aren’t thinking this way, you’re incredibly naive. This girl is huge but she isn’t nowhere near as huge as she’s going to be when her career really takes off (because this Glee business ain’t it). Maybe RM really is listening to Lea, but there is no chance that her people are thinking about her FEELINGS when there’s money to be made. She knows it, too. And look around…she’s emerging the victor in all this! Why, she should be lauded in the streets for all the bravery she’s shown! She is so strong! Give me a break. Finn may have been endgame for Rachel, but Cory was only going to be Lea’s “first” husband, if he was lucky.

          • coach sy says:

            Wow,you just spilled what I had in mind but too afraid to spill. Lea has always been very ambitious and she got all the promotional sake benefits and fame one could possibly have out of all this death. I guess she is a very,very lucky person,in regards to career and fortune.
            I’m also with you about cory for her.

          • mercury2001 says:

            Disgusting comments

          • Melanie says:

            You’re a negative, bitter soul.

          • Tav says:

            “And look around…she’s emerging the victor in all this!”
            Wow, I haven’t been this disgusted in such a long time, you really just need to STFU.
            Even if Lea is an ambitious/type A person she just lost her boyfriend. Cory. is. DEAD. You don’t think part of her taking charge is because she needs to make sure he is honored “right”? That she wants to make sure everything is done “perfectly” because that is the only thing you can control in the wake of someone’s death? That throwing herself into all this organizing is part of her grieving process?
            You are a vile, thoughtless troll of a person and should interact with others as little as possible–for their sake.

          • Leigh says:

            Yikes! Glad I’m not in your head, or soul. It’s a dark and nasty perspective you have.

          • dee123 says:

            Sadly Jennrae is kind of right. There is a part of Hollywood that works like that.

          • Lucy says:

            But can you not thhough.

          • Cathy says:

            “Victor”? You’re kidding, right? No one wins.

            And FYI: She could have focused on herself, curled up into a ball and ignored the world, but she’s taking care of everyone. Can you ever say that about yourself?

          • AlisonM says:

            Seriously? What a warped, dismal little person you are. Obviously, you have never suffered a loss in your life, of someone you have loved. Going through the motions of making sure everything is done for others and trying not to think of your own personal loss. “Emerging the victor”? Damn, you really sicken me, it saddens me to think creatures like you exist–your lack of compassion and empathy makes you a creature–not a person. Disgusting…..

          • Kimberly says:

            You’re really a reprehensible, disgusting person. You know NOTHING of this woman, who just lost the man she was going to marry, yet you post all of your ignorant presumptions about her as if they’re fact. You know NOTHING about the business that she’s in, nothing about the families, nothing about Cory or her outside of what you read online or in magazines. You know what you should do when you know NOTHING about someone? Shut the hell up about them. You’re ignorance is overwhelming.

            “Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” You removed ALL doubt.

          • pandy says:

            You are vile. Yes, there are people in this world who think that way, about money and profit instead of people and their grief. Clearly you’re one of them. Just because that’s how your brain works, doesn’t mean you can project it on to others and tar people, like the grief stricken Lea Michele, with the same ugly brush. You can’t possibly know how she’s thinking, no more than I can. But jeez just try to have a little more humanity and decency in you, maybe try giving her/them the benefit of the doubt. The way Lea is behaving is a textbook example of one of the many ways we humans attempt to deal with loss. She’s keeping herself busy, distracting herself long enough to get through this hellish ordeal and, to boot, she’s trying to do all of that – not only for herself – but for the family, friends and fans of Cory Monteith, throughout the world. I personally think she’s handling herself and the situation beautifully. It’s not something everyone can do. She’s a rock but she needs every bit of the support and good feeling being sent her way because, I guarantee you, she couldn’t be feeling any further from strong right now. This young girl’s world has crumbled and done so under the scrutinous eyes of the world. She’s just a girl. Lay off of her. And give her the damn respect she deserves at this dreadful time. Respond to this negatively. I dare you.

          • Jeannie Reed says:

            Oh my God, that is the coldest, most offensive remark I’ve seen on this since Cory died. Believe me I’ve read them all. I search for everything I can find.
            That said, Lea was doing what a girlfriend should do. She was with his family. I’m sure she didn’t say “Okay, this is what we’re going to do”. Cory’ Mom was probably grateful for Lea’ help. I know I would be. I’m also sure that if there was anything his Mom didn’t like about any of the arrangements that Lea would have changed it. I could tell by watching the show that she loved him. You can’t fake that. It’s disgusting to say she’s using this to promote her career. I don’t see how anyone can think the way you do about this Jenrae, but if you do, why do you have to put it out there for all the people, who loved him, to see. You should be ashamed of yourself. I hope Lea doesn’t ever see this. She is heartbroken. She is suffering. For Lea to think of others at a time like this is a testament of her Love for Cory, NOT a way to boost her career. No one knows what the future holds. No one can predict how long Cory and Lea would have been married. Hollywood marriages run the gamut just like regular people . Some go strong and long , some don’t make it. I’d have wished them a long and happy life together. We’ll never know and that is the worst part, not knowing what could have been. Lea is grieving and I’m sure the last thing on her mind, is how big her career will be.
            Jenrae, you have no class. You should apologize to Lea , and the whole family of glee friends and his mom and loved ones.
            We love you Cory, and Lea. I am so sorry for your loss and rest assured that whatever you decide for Cory’ tribute , we are behind you. <3

      • Lori says:

        I think Lea and Cory were pretty serious and it seems to me that his family knew that and is treating Lea like the unofficial fiance she probably was.

      • Bambinoitaliano says:

        Cory was an addict at the age of 13. Draw whatever conclusion you want from that. His relationship with his family and all. So it’s no surprise the closest person at the time of his unfortunate passing was Lea.

        • Robin says:

          Agreed. I skipped over the negative comments. I think having Rachel having to react to Finn’s death right away is cruel. When I lost my brother, I could barely speak coherently about it for a year. People say it isn’t fair to the fans not to have Finn go off and be a teacher, etc. they could continue his storyline off screen for a bit so people can get back to work and let people come to terms. It is TV; they break the bounds of time all the time. Yes they will have to deal with reality, but in some ways if it was reality, it wouldn’t be Glee.

        • Sil says:

          The thing about Glee is that they touch on subjects, get detailed over the incidental stuff, but goes touch over some of the more significantly serious subjects. I don’t want Finn to die from drugs. Too real. If he must die then let him die in a car accident. I have always abhorred the Glee PSAs. Some were relevant to a story, but Glee has penned stories out of their cobwebs to write a PSA about whatever. Glee does that the most of any show on nowadays. I just wish that when Finn dies those characters/ and actors who were most connected with Finn the character get to
          reveal their love for him and sing in his honor. I also would like for a few minutes toward the end of the episode to be about Cory, behind the scenes of the person he really was, then at the end show charities where to send to because they were very special to him. Everyone who thinks that Lea is unfeeling to want to move ahead is a cad. She knows that Glee was more than just Cory and her. I feel she is a strong willed person to persevere in the wake of her life mate’s death. She should be commended for her grace under sad times. But, everyone involved knows and feels the hurt and pain of Cory’s passing. But, they have to continue on even just for Cory, because he would want them to. PSAs are what I hate about Glee. I just don’t want this tribute to be about a PSA. So many fans loved Cory and Finn, so they do know the pain and sadness from his loss. Doing a PSA on drugs would just make me so PO’d that Glee would not be doing this tribute for Cory but for Glee alone. The PSA king of shows. Please, Glee do this right and respectful of everyone. Including us fans, we loved Cory too.

      • Cheryl says:

        It makes it clear that she’s making the decisions for the memorial service the the FOX family will be attending. I’m pretty sure that there will be a family funeral/memorial that has nothing to do with the FOX one, but this is a really sweet gesture for them to have one specifically for the show people to attend. Those people on the cast and crew probably saw him almost every day of his life for the past 4 years, but they still probably wouldn’t be welcome to attend an official memorial for family and close friends. This way they can grieve and remember Cory while still giving his family privacy.

  4. Melinda says:

    So it seems like they are indeed going to kill Finn. That’s for the best I think. They couldn’t just write him off the show. If they do it right, that will probably be the best/saddest/tearjerker episode of the series. It’s really sad, this whole entire situation but glad to hear that they consulted Lea and waited to see what she wanted to do and what she was ready for.

    • Jem says:

      My 11 year old daughter is wondering if they will have Finn die from drugs. She actually said it might be a good idea because that way people can talk about what happened, and maybe it will lead to some other people who struggle with addiction to get help. They did the school shooting episode very well, opened up conversations, and I think that the love so many people have for these characters, and, by extension, the actors who give them life, will help the writers find the right way to bring addiction out of hiding.

      • girlinmd says:

        I think if they want to really address the issues like they tried with him in real life then it would/could be a great message to kids out there about the downfall of addiction

      • Alia says:

        While I see the value of telling Cory’s story (cautionary tale though it may be) through the lens of Glee, I’m not sure it’s a good idea to have Finn OD, since he has *never* done drugs on the show. (That’s actually stated in the very scene Ryan was talking about.) It would be out of character.

        • Chantelly says:

          Actually that’s not fully true if you go back to the first season the entire glee club takes a preformace enhancer when they do a mash up, boys vs girls.
          Then even in last season when he was in college he was a huge partier. So even if they didn’t show the drugs in his college expiernce they could work it in somehow based on his partying he did while in college.
          I don’t however fully agree with using his OD in his tribute mainly because of how soon it will be filmed after this and how hard killing him off the show will be regardless.

      • A. Kinder says:

        Well said Jem. I am trusting Ryan and the writers to write with class, dignity and honesty and they have demonstrated that ability. I also will have tissues close by. Finn was such a great character, a young effective awkward leader who led with his heart and it is obvious Cory was a warm, kind man who touched many and is mourned and missed by many. My compassion and condolences to his family and friends and all those grieving.

      • AJ says:

        Lets look at the possibilities of how Finn my be killed off:

        He travels a lot to NYC to see Rachel so perhaps a plane crash or a Train crash on his way to see her.
        Hes at college and may decide to experiment with drugs by taking a pill he is given at a party and he has a bad reaction to it and dies or along similar lines, he maybe gets a spiked drink at a party or club and dies.
        He may step in at a party or on the street to protect someone in a fight/scary situation and unfortunately gets shot or stabbed.
        He may get into a car with a group of other college kids(may they have been drinking maybe not) and they have a car accident and he is killed.
        He may be out with college friends one night, just be on the sidewalk somewhere and gets randomly punched hits his head on the ground and dies as a result of the damage to the brain(this is happening a lot all of the world these days-one punch can kill).

        One thing i think is for sure, someone in Lima is gunna get the phone call, then get on a plane to go to NYC and tell Rachel in person.

        Still in shock, RIP Cory RIP.

      • Leyla says:

        That wouldn’t make it a tribute then. If they bring Cory’s struggles into this then that’s not a tribute, that’s just one of Ryan’s terrible “life lesson” episodes. It’s not going to serve as a tribute to Finn or Cory, but make people only remember them as addicts which is wrong on so many levels. That would be the WORST thing for Glee to do.

        • So, your idea of a tribute would be to ignore and/or hide the manner of his death? If the episode is supposed to be a tribute to Cory and not Finn it would make it look like they were embarrassed or ashamed of him if they pick a different death.

          • Chantelly says:

            I have to agree a tribute shouldn’t be remembering the downfall the person took but should look at the posituve.
            Do I think he should some how this season encorporate a life lesson based on what happened to Cory absolutely! Do I think we should use Cory’s character Finn to do so, no.

            Personally I think that using Finn to do this life lesson so soon after is unfair to the cast and the younger fans who didn’t see him as a “drug addict” but more as a very talented young man who was deeply in love with Rachel. I also think this is a life lesson that now the fans are talking about and maybe doesn’t need to be shown through the show on Finns character.

            However its done though I am sure Ryan Murphy will do it with the most respect and integrity.

          • Lauren Kirsch says:

            Yes, well that would be my whole point. I am a coach for a high school colorguard and I work with teenagers all the time. Their perception of addicts is that they are losers or somehow social deviants. The reality is that anybody can be an addict even a smart successful and talented and rich young man. The character of Finn and Cory are a lot alike in that nobody perceived them to be the” kind” of person that was an addict. The reality is that Cory was an addict and when writing him out of the show if you truly want to pay tribute to him then the issue that caused his death it would be appropriate to have Finn as an addict as a visual factual interpretation for teenagers who do watch the show. This preconceived notion can make teenagers think that it’s okay to do drugs once or twice because they’re not the “kind” of person that becomes an addict but that is not the truth. There is no “kind” of person that becomes addicted to drugs. Everyone is at risk, it’s not safe for anyone and I think it would help everyone in the cast get through the episode if they could take comfort in the fact that they might be part if saving someone else the pain of losing someone to drugs or addiction.

        • Lisa says:

          So perhaps they could make it that Finn’s death is still a result of drugs, but not drugs that he himself takes. That way, they could show the impact that drugs have on the lives of people, without dishonoring Cory. On a side note, I think they should make it a 2 hour episode.

      • Lydia says:

        I was going to write a lengthy reply to this but got distracted by the shooting star reference. You thought that school shooting was well done? My teens thought it was one of the worst hours of television they had ever seen. The acting was atrocious and made them laugh during what should have been very serious moments. The only discussion opened up after that episode was “who thought THAT was a good idea?”

  5. Nessie says:

    I think it’s the only true way to honor the character and Cory. You can’t recast and having him just leave is out of character. They’ve obviously consulted with the people closest to Cory to make sure it’s okay.

  6. Sarah says:

    They could just say Finn found a job in Iceland and has decided to leave behind friends and family. It’s tough dealing with two deaths, Cory’s and then Finn. His fans are already unstable.

    • gt says:

      But that isn’t who Finn was. That slaps Finchel in the face. He would just leave like that. And how is that satsiyng everyone knows the truth of the matte.

    • Lois says:

      I disagree. Fans would be so unsatisfied if Finn was just off somewhere else in the world because there’s no explicable reason why Finn and Rachel wouldn’t end up together because undoubtedly they were going to. Fans need to grieve as well and having Finn’s death on the show and a tribute to Cory will be a way for them to have this. It’s obviously going to be hard, but it’s for the best.

      • Creo que es lo mejor, y creo que rachel debería quedar embarazada de finn y así tenerlo siempre con ella , rachel se vera muy afectada pues no se ha visto con finn :c

        • Me says:

          pero ya han hablado sobre embarazo adolescente con quinn, no pienso que van a hacerlo otra vez. Necesitan una rotura limpia con el personaje de finn, es menos doloroso

      • Leyla says:

        I disagree. As a diehard fan of Finn and Cory, I’d rather Finn get the life Cory deserved. I’d rather live Finn out in fanfiction than have this happen.

  7. Gina says:

    I think they have to do this. They can’t just never mention Finn again. Hopefully they do it right. One thing I can guarantee from me, regardless of the circumstances, are tears.

  8. angelfire17 says:

    Well, what else CAN they do? The role is so identified with Cory that they can’t recast it, and they can’t leave Finn in oblivion forever without resolution. All they can do is craft as tasteful a tribute as possible and let the character go.

  9. Dee says:

    I wish I knew if the tribute episode included the older cast members. If they’re going to kill Finn off I don’t quite care to see people Jake or Marley etc.

    • no says:

      Well they have some time to try to get the old cast. Yea, if more than 10 seconds is wasted on the Marley I may puke.

      • Boiler says:

        Can’t you take the article for what it was, great and not bring your thoughts of the other cast members into it? They all worked with Cory too.

    • Melinda says:

      I’m pretty sure (at least I hope) he knows that the best way to do a tribute is too include as much as the old cast as possible and they would probably do it too. I think the whole episode would be dedicated to Cory and I would like to believe that there wouldn’t be any side stories having to do with the newer characters. There wouldn’t be room for that.

    • scooby says:

      As much as I understand where you’re coming from (and I sympathize), Finn ran the Glee Club for a little while. The Marley-generation of Glee actors is gonna have to be included because they lost a mentor.

      • A says:

        I expect that the noobs will be there andI accept that they’re part of the cast now for better or worse. However, while I’m sure they’ll be sad and grieving the relationship they had with Finn was very short lived and very different then the original kids. So I hope that this episode focuses more on the original cast, even if that means its only the few that are still on the show.

    • Matt says:

      Already with the hate! Of course the old guys will be back, as well as the new ones. They all were realated to Finn somehow. Get over yourself…

    • Robin says:

      Good point. I don’t think it would be entirely believable for Finn to die and some of his closest friends not come to a memorial for him. I think they will try to make that work.

    • Michelle says:

      I can’t imagine the show having Finn die and NOT having the original cast members all there….let alone any of the actors not making the time to do the episode. Hopefully they will all be there!

    • lk says:

      I agree. I think everyone should come back for it (which might be extremely hard for heather, but I digress). I think it would be good for all the cast members being there for each other, seeing as the original cast went through everything together in the beginning. I also think that if any one of them died, realistically the rest of the Glee club would come back from whatever school or city they were in.

      • AngieD says:

        Heather Morris will most definitely still be pregnant if they film this episode before October. She might just have to appear in the background standing behind the piano, etc to hide her belly.

        While many of the original characters (i.e. Mike, Puck, Mercedes) were not going to be series ‘regulars’ anymore, I would think that every one of them would want to at least appear in this episode. Mark Salling’s Puck should definitely be part of the episode as Finn’s best buddy, as well as Dianna Agron’s Quinn as Finn’s 1st girlfriend and Rachel’s best frenemie.

    • Stephanie says:

      yeah me neither. I can’t stand the new cast. I hope for the tribute they have the old cast members, if they don’t then it won’t truly be a tribute. Just a sad situation all around.

    • Lisa says:

      I would think that the tribute episode will include both old and newer cast members. Finn was still active at the school, and they got to know him as well. So, it stands to reason that since he was involved with old and new, they will all be included in the episode.

  10. Sasha says:

    I LOVE both Cory and Finn but what else are they supposed to do. They can’t ignore the fact that he’s not going to be in it ever

  11. Stella says:

    Yeah I know what you mean. But this is how they do it in America when an actor dies. They’ve always done it this way. I personally find it very sad, but maybe it’s their mentality.

    • MAE says:

      ??? “maybe it’s their mentality.” WTH is that supposed to mean? Foreigners…

      • Lisa London says:

        I don’t think that Stella was trying to be offensive here – grief is simply handled differently in other cultures. In Europe, you won’t see many TV series do a “tribute” episode in similar situation because grief and bereavement are considered private matters that should not be plastered all over prime time.

  12. angelfire17 says:

    I think this is the best thing to do. Recasting won’t work and Finn just abruptly leaving doesn’t work.

  13. That episode it’s going to be so hard to watch…. #ILoveYouCory

  14. Danni Chappell says:

    Then you don’t know the show or the characters at all! Of course from a writers point of view Finn would have to be killed off. How else would you explain his absence for two years? He was in love with Rachel, Mr Shue was his mentor and secondary father figure, Kurt was his brother, Finn in no way could ever leave these people if he has any fraction of choice. Killing the character off is the best decision.

    • Heather says:

      No its not. I’m sorry but the other vets aside from Rachel, Kurt, and Santana (and those left at the school) have been written off without a second thought. Finn could easily be written off as going to college to become a teacher and Rachel could move on.

      • Rachel says:

        But none of those characters were as iconic and as important to the show as Finn. He was the core character of the show, the glue that held glee club together. You cannot just write him off without ever seeing him again. There is absolutely no excuse you could make that is in character for him to just leave without ever seeing Mr. Schue or Rachel or anyone ever again. The character of Finn would not just go of to college and never see Kurt or his mom or never speak to Rachel again.

        • Katy says:

          Yes you can LOL he was the original glue but he’s not anymore welcome to the new group Jake, Marley, Kitty, Ryder they are the new faces of Glee.

          • tripoli says:

            You are completely missing the point.

          • Lydia says:

            The new faces most people couldn’t pick out of a crowd. People who didn’t watch the show knew who Cory was, you can’t say the same about the new crowd. Even now, Rachel is the face of Glee because Lea is the most recognizable out of the non-adult characters on the show.

      • Lois says:

        I definitely disagree. Finn and Rachel have always been the core couple of the show, and Rachel would never be able to move on with Finn still out there somewhere in the world, and it would be torturous to have that hanging over the characters and fans heads that Finn is still alive somewhere but Cory isn’t. This way the fans can find a way to grieve in the death of Finn, as well as the cast and crew finding some closure and tribute to Cory’s memory.

      • A says:

        I don’t think that’s true at all. I hope that if anything happened to any of the original cast on the show they would do more then right them off with a second thought. Doing so would be a big disrespect to the character and the actor as well as the remainder of the cast.

      • sureeee says:

        I am in no way a Finn/Finnchel fan but to say he just left is probably the dumbest idea I’ve heard. The other cast members that were written off were not as big a story as FInn. He was a major player in the show and his character would not just leave and forget about Rachel or his family. Rachel, as much as she would try, would not be able to move on. They were endgame as much as I hate to say it.

    • jennrae says:

      Hate to be the voice of dissension, AGAIN, but I think it’s gross to exploit the actors like this. They have actually lost a friend, not just an actor on a tv show they watch, and we’re expected to sit and watch them emote what are undoubtedly their true emotions regarding losing their buddy, their “brother” and “great love?” It’s invasive and voyeuristic.

      • Lisa London says:

        I agree with you but maybe it’s their choice to deal with it this way? Still, I do think they should not have to display their personal grief on camera for everyone to dissect.

      • Elena says:

        The West Wing and 8 Simple Rules both did it, and the episodes were amazing.

      • Steve B says:

        Why don’t you stop posting to this story? You’ve clearly said quite enough.

      • pandy says:

        No, jennrae. YOU are not EXPECTED to do anything. Except maybe get off this thread. People here are grieving and sharing feelings and ideas about how to deal with the loss of Cory/Finn. You’re entitled to your own opinions and thoughts but, come on, why bother spew them somewhere they’re not welcome. Lay off the trolling and go share your thoughts somewhere else. In case you hadn’t noticed, your comments are clearly not welcomed or appreciated here. Move it along.

      • Lisa says:

        I come down to one thing…Closure. The episode will be extremely difficult for the whole Glee family, from writers to actors, etc. It will most likely be hell to shoot it because as you mentioned, their true emotions will come through. On the other hand, it will give them an opportunity for closure both personally and professionally, and of course, closure for the fans as well.

  15. Jenny says:

    I am glad they are not going to rush a tribute episode for the first episode. And it seems like the schedule is going to allow them time to rework the entire season without Cory. I do think killing of Finn is probably the best way to deal with this. He was just oo much of an important character than you couldn’t just write him off going to college some place other than Lima or New York. It is going to be hard to write/act but also can be theraputic in dealing with their real life saddness over losing a friend. I also hope that they don’t just ignore it once the tribute is done. Finn’s death isn’t a one episode storylines and could easily have impact on characters like Rachel, Will, Kurt, etc for future episodes.

  16. jill says:

    Did you expect them to recast the role or have Finn move to Europe? Of course they are going to kill Finn off. It isn’t insensitive or crass?

    • Melinda says:

      I always expected they’d have to kill him off. But there was another page where people were talking about how they would handle Cory’s death and quite a few were saying that they could write him out of the show without killing him while still making him and Rachel be together. And I was saying how you can’t do that because how would you explain Finn not showing up to Rachel’s first broadway show or Kurt’s wedding or a major Glee competition. They have no choice but to kill him.

  17. Linderella says:

    If you’ve ever loved someone with an addiction, Cory’s initial resistance (denial) is so typical as was his relief when it became clear the gig was up. Ryan’s comments were right on the mark – both reflective and thoughtful. Cory’s loss is so heartbreaking for all those who knew and loved him. Condolences to all.

  18. Dee says:

    And a part that FOX and co will never admit out loud – killing Finn off will give them their highest ratings since s2.

  19. Allison says:

    How cruel for the character Finn, the one who probably had the least chance of making it out of Lima and having 4 seasons dedicated to that arc, not make it out. Can you at least make him die somewhere outside of Lima. At least he got out.

  20. megan says:

    I really do believe if not for Lea, Cory would have been taken from this world much sooner. She saved him, but unfortunately his disease won. Sad sad. So sad. Ryan had some very nice things to say and it’s nice to hear he’s taking the lead from Lea.

  21. anon says:

    I just don’t want him to be killed off by drugs or alcohol because that wasn’t Finn. His greatest fear was ending up like his father and that would not be honoring Cory or Finn at all.

    • to finn says:

      I hope Finn dies helping others. That way he will be remembered a hero not a lima loser.

    • Tracy Elliott says:

      I hadn’t really thought of that as a possibility until I read your post. I figured it would be an accident, or too much partying at college. I really like this idea (as much as I can “like” a core character dying) and hope the writers think of it too. I am a huge Glee fan, and I think the right thing to do is to have Finn die. Make it poignant. Make kids think. Save lives, save families. Somehow.

      • A. Kinder says:

        Beautifully said Tracy and Alia (Hope I got your spelling right. I’m responding on a smart phone and can’t scroll back to check. Having Finn die a hero saving some one else. I just replayed Season 1 Sectionals where Will is banned from going and Finn despire being hurt by Quinn’s lies regroups New Directions and motivates them to the win. The character of Finn is so heroic in many ways.

  22. Katie says:

    How is it insensitive and crass? Killing Finn is the only thing they can do given the character that he was and the fact him just disappearing to live some sort of life off screen would be totally out of character

  23. John says:

    I want Finn to die like Cory did. I want people to be pissed that he is dead. Im sure that even though they are loved him, they are also pissed at Cory for taking that Herion that killed him. I dont want GLEE to sugarcoat or after school special this.

    • qj201 says:

      Finn dies from frat hazing or some alcohol involved accident…not a stretch from the “party” Finn we last saw at college.

    • Leyla says:

      That wouldn’t make it a tribute then. If they bring Cory’s struggles into this then that’s not a tribute, that’s just one of Ryan’s terrible “life lesson” episodes. It’s not going to serve as a tribute to Finn or Cory, but make people only remember them as addicts which is wrong on so many levels. That would be the WORST thing for Glee to do.

  24. RachelA says:

    I do think the decision to kill his character in the show is the right one, though it’s very sad. As everyone has been saying, you can’t recast him and you can’t just have him leave abruptly, forever, for some other reason. That just doesn’t make any sense. HOWEVER, I really hope they don’t have him die of an overdose in the show. I’d much prefer they do something else. I just think it is in bad taste to kill his character in the same way the actor died, personally.

    • Katie says:

      I’d be very surprised if they killed him off in the same way purely because it wouldn’t make sense to the character of Finn. It’s more likely they’ll go the accident route or as someone else suggested in a heroic way where he saves someone’s life and sacrifices his own

  25. Sarah says:

    It isn’t impossible to just write him off, the One Tree Hill writers wrote Payton off relatively well, and Burton never made an apperence in the following 3 seasons. I understand that this case is totaly different and that Payton got a proper send-off before she left, but Finn won’t just vanish, they have an exit for him (stay in college) so if they really wanted to, they could just go with that. It would save us and the cast and crew the pain.

    • Alex says:

      I think the notion of saving us and the cast and crew the pain isn’t the right one, and it doesn’t do Cory or Finn justice. The point is that this is all incredibly sad and everyone needs the chance to properly grieve.

    • A says:

      Not the same situation. Hilarie Burton (and CMM) are alive and well. There is simply no other plausible way to write Finn off.

    • tripoli says:

      Sure, you could say they wrote her off well with a proper send off but it was still very odd after the fact. She was a core member of the group and was hardly ever mentioned. Obviously there is only so much that can be done once an actor leaves a show, aside from recasting, but Lucas and Peyton not showing up during key moments in their friends lives was just not believable. It doesn’t make sense, no matter how well it is written. I don’t watch Glee but from what I do know, it would seem very strange to not kill off the character and only mention him in passing once in a while. Works for fringe characters, not so much with the main ones.

  26. Louise says:

    I just dont know how Lea is dealing with it all right now, she must be on auto-pilot. I would find it so hard to go back to a place that has so many memories and then deal with his death again in a tribute episode. Geeesh so sad, I really hope she has all the support she needs to get through it.

  27. Haley says:

    I hope they bring back the entire original cast for the tribute. It would make sense if the entire Glee family was there.

  28. MF says:

    who in the world whould want to go trough that pain again after we JUST lost Cory?!?!?!!?Killing Finn really?!?!?! Finn deserves more than that, the fans deserve more than that!!! sorry but i’t would’ve been a smarter move just to cancel…this is not gonna do anybody any good

    • Anna says:

      Yeah, I’m sure everyone who is going to lose their jobs will be thrilled with that decision. There are people on that crew who are likely making close to minimum wage.

    • amy says:

      Did you even read the article? Lea wants to be at work with people who loved Cory. She wants the crew members who depend on this job to be able to keep working. Seems to me like this decision (that Lea made) is good for 500 real people who work on Glee.

    • Drew says:

      Cancel? Seriously? LEA SAID THIS WOULD BE THE PERFECT MOVE. They followed her every move. She knew him better than all of us. Why would you want the show to be cancelled? Cory would NOT have wanted that and we all know it. You are very selfish to believe that cancelling the show would be a smart move. They know Finn was the lead, but he didn’t make the show. This is something they all love and for them to be together in this tough time is the right move. We should respect Lea’s decision in doing this. Shipping Finn off somewhere would have done no justice to us fans or the cast/crew. Lea knew him better than anyone. She was the love of his life as was he to her. And since she said for them to go in this direction, us TRUE FANS, will go with them. You can kindly leave and believe cancelling the show will handle all the grief and pain they, as are we, are suffering. Ugh.

      • jennrae says:

        I disagree with the notion that Lea is or should be the authority on all things Cory. She didn’t know him if she claims to not have known that he relapsed. Either she didn’t know him at all, or she knew he relapsed so she went to Mexico while he went to Canada. (Trick question, as both are true. You can never really know another person and I’m absolutely sure she knew. Once you know someone is an addict, you question their every move, and I don’t think Lea Michele is dumb. Ruthlessly ambitious is more like it. As long as he shot up smack somewhere where it didn’t touch her, she didn’t care.)

        • tripoli says:

          Wwo, you are just full of insensitive, asshole comments today.

        • Eddie says:

          Oh shut the f*** up, you have a personal vendetta against someone–obvious through your sickening comments. You know ABSOLUTELY nothing of what went on, yet you continue to flap your pie hole. Go away troll, you are scum.

        • Jeannie Reed says:

          He was in Mexico with her. It wasn’t until they came back together that he went to Vancouver alone.

  29. l says:

    It amazes me that Lea in her grief can think about those who rely on Glee to provide for their families and pay bills but some fans can’t.Yes it’s sad but life doesn’t stop moving.I’m glad it seems Finn will be killed off.It’ll be hard to film but I don’t think either the fans or cast & crew could deal with a recast.And he wouldn’t just leave so that just leaves death.It’ll be interesting to see how they have him die.

  30. Reblogged this on Thoughts on Pop and commented:
    Great and emotional interview from Ryan Murphy on Cory Monteith’s death.

  31. John says:

    So FOX should pull the plug on GLEE and 100’s of people will lose their jobs because Cory overdosed> Now that is selfish.

  32. Tina says:

    Great interview. I think Ryan handled it very well and said what he wanted to say. I think it goes to show how much he cared about Cory that he made the decision to help get Cory back into rehab. However, ultimately I do not think Cory stayed in rehab long enough. It’s going to be tough for them to film Finn’s death episode and for viewers to watch it, but I’m sure the tribute episode will turn out good.

  33. I don’t know if two weeks of grief counseling will be enough for most of the cast but it’s good that they’ll have some at least. How incredibly thoughtful of Lea to agree to go back to work so soon for the sake of her co-workers. I’m very impressed at the network’s willingness to be respectful of the loss and lose the money and time by going dark for a while.
    I know some people want a different story or even not have Finn die at all but I really think Finn should have a very similar death to Cory. This show has skated the boarder of inappropriate or dangerous when it comes to glamorizing sex and alcohol this would give them a chance to have a real, honest and clear statement about drugs and addiction. Finn could have gotten into drugs in college and died from a bad batch or something. By all accounts Cory, like Finn, was a sweet and gentle man. It would be a very good thing to show teenagers that addiction isn’t just for criminals,wastrels and morons. Sometimes it’s good, sweet people who make bad decisions and then suffer for it. Drugs are not glamorous and they can cost you everything. I think that would be a good way to honor his life and memory. Don’t make him a villain or a victim. Just tell the truth.

  34. A says:

    For a show called Glee, I don’t think it could get any more sad than killing off it’s main character. I’ve never been a Finn fan but I still feel like they could give him a happy ending. The writers didn’t have the power to change Cory’s fate in reality but they have the power to change the outcome in fiction, why not give people a little bit of hope instead of doom and gloom. Disappointed in the writers as usual.

    • RachelA says:

      Because it wouldn’t make ANY sense. That’s why. Finn would never, in a million years, just bail on everyone he knew without so much as a goodbye. That’s just not believable at all. There is no scenario they could write that make that make sense. Going the “happy ending” route just isn’t viable in this instance.

    • What did you want the writers to do? Have Finn suddenly pack up and move across the world and never come back to visit or even have said goodbye? Killing him off will end his story line and they can do it in a meaningful and heartfelt way that will also pay tribute to Cory. Have faith for goodness sakes!

    • Leyla says:

      Agreed. And I’m agreeing as a diehard Finn fan.

    • Hannah says:

      Yes killing Finn off is “doom and gloom” but so is having him disapear. At least with death, you know that they are gone and can grieve. When someone just walks out of your life, you start to wonder what you did wrong, where are they, are they ok, will they ever come back. I think that making him alive somewhere else would be way more depressing.

      Also, you have to remember that, even though they all loved Cory, making a tv show is a business. Even if it is hard to shoot, they have to do what is best/believable for the show. If they do something completely out of character, they could lose A LOT of veiwers which could end a lot of peoples jobs. Even though this is a tough situation, there has to be some people looking at it from a business sense. And that is not insensitive, that’s there job, how they support themselves. That’s life. If a coworker dies in any other job situation, the company doesn’t just close up. You just have to push forward and keep living.

  35. Stella says:

    I just hope they will kill him off the same way Cory died. A lot of young people watch GLEE and this would send out a message that drugs are BAD and they kill people and they hurt everyone who is around you. They must address that. Because this episode will be watched by millions of people.

  36. Amy says:

    Who cares about what Finn would do? This means the cast and crew are going to have to relive Cory’s death thats just way to harsh.

    • Considering that they are the ones who chose this route, I think they might know better than you what they can and cannot handle. Clearly they are taking their lead from Lea, and if she is strong enough to handle it, God bless her.

      I am not a fan of Glee. Definitely not a fan of Lea Michele. But in the last week, I have come to admire and respect her and she is very much in my prayers right now, as are the cast, crew and fans of Glee. Such a sad, preventable tragedy.

  37. Alex says:

    Great questions and responses from Ryan Murphy. Well done, TVLine. It seems like they’re handling everything as best they can, I’m glad Lea is so involved in all the decisions and that they’re going to do a proper tribute episode for him.

  38. Are you serious…it is not going to be insensitive and crass, its going to be a TRIBUTE! They aren’t going to do it in a way that is insensitive. It is going to be moving and what needs to be done, so the fans can have an ending and say goodbye as well. Many many many shows have done it this way when the actor has died, and not one of them came off as being “insensitive and crass”….

  39. Maggie says:

    It’s important to me that Finn would die as a hero, because of his dad. But I don’t think I’ll be able to watch Rachel’s (basically Lea’s) reaction to his death without sobbing like a baby. :(

  40. Cherry says:

    As a fan I am grieving the loss of both Cory and Finn. Glee is one of the few TV shows that I watch live each week. I hope that Finn has a funeral. Glee fans need this closure and a chance to grieve the loss of a favorite character. The news of Cory’s death came as such a shock. I remember watching him on Kyle XY many years ago. Everything I have read has said he was such a sweet guy. I pray for his family and Glee family. I don’t know if he was religious but a saying that has always helped me during difficult times is this, ” I may not know the plan but I do know the Planner.” God bless Cory and his entire family. Cory, you are loved <3

  41. Midori says:

    Ryan Murphy normally comes off as an ego maniac ahole who doesn’t care for anything in the world besides himself.

    However this was one of the best interviews ever. it’s open and honest and loving. Nice job.

  42. Bob says:

    Can people shut up now about the “one week!?” thing? Thanks

  43. lisa says:

    It’s not insensitive or crass.. I think the people he loved and who loved him have a more important say in what happens to his characters than any of us

  44. Ally says:

    How I would write a less tragic tribute: Finn gets accepted into a teaching program in a Seattle university (or some other university that’s far enough away). He writes a letter to Rachel that reflects on their past and tells her that even though they can’t be together now that maybe someday in the future their paths will come together again. Then the rest of the episode could be a tribute to Cory.

    • Stella says:

      So he should break up with her with a letter? How nice.
      I’m sorry but killing him off is the only way they can make a tribute and honoring him in the right way. A happy ending would feel fake because everybody knows that he didn’t have a happy ending at all.

  45. Para says:

    The thing is Rachel and Finn were written as so destined for each other, if Finn don’t die, It would never ever be believable for Rachel to just…move on.
    Good choice Ryan Murphy

    • Jamie04 says:

      Totally agree. The writers have the basic storyline planned out months in advance, so they need time to regroup and rewrite. I’m positive Finchel were destined for marriage (either S5 or S6),

  46. Jamie04 says:

    I have always been a fan of Lea, but I could not LOVE her more now. She is taking her pain and still thinking of and helping others. I thought the break-up episode was tearful, I (and a lot of other people) will be a total emotional wreck during the tribute episode. Ryan is the BEST! Also, Beatles tribute? 2 episodes? Can’t wait!!!

  47. sarah says:

    This has me outraged. So they staged an intervention. Who did they consult on this? Interventions are dangerous if not well planned. His previous intervention at 19 would be his earlier memory of this, and that failed. Who decided rehab should be just a month? Did they consider the post rehab care? Read any of the articles referencing addiction specialists (see Time for example) and it is obvious how badly they got this wrong. Say he had finished the season, with support, could they not have avoided the publicity which will have so mortified him. Coming back to all the post rehab stories must have made any normal interaction almost impossible. Take care if you decide on others lives. The other protagonists are all talking about carrying on. Cory won’t be. I am sad, mad and most assuredly not believing of this BS. Ryan Murphy played with a life here, he doesn’t get to spin this.

    • Amy says:

      This interview is with one person, telling their point of view, without (I’m sure) wanting to take away any more of Cory’s privacy any further than giving us an IDEA of what happened. This won’t be the whole story (and is not the place to discuss their research or what the professionals thought) and Cory had many more people in his life than just Ryan and Lea. Obviously it wasn’t enough in the end, but maybe nothing would have been, and to blame them for not ‘fixing’ him is unfair when we do not (and hopefully never will) know the whole story.

    • anna says:

      And you don’t get to judge a situation you know nothing about. This is one interview from the point of view of a grief stricken man. Don’t jump to conclusions.

    • Andy says:

      “Ryan Murphy played with a life here, he doesn’t get to spin this.” – seriously? So you think not intervening would make him even better or take his life less sooner? Ryan was like a father to him. He cares and that’s his paternal instinct. What he did was humane and reasonable.

      After all, Cory’s death was not an accident. He caused it himself, and thus he will be remembered by it. He has too many good people in his life and it’s just unfortunate that the world has lost something as precious as himself.

      RIP Finnyboy.

      • Jeannie Reed says:

        Cory’ death WAS an accident. I seriously doubt that he decided to take his own life. The problem with rehab is , the addicted person doesn’t realize that after his system is completely clean from the drugs, he cannot do the same amount that he was used to doing before rehab.That is how a lot of people die after rehab. When they slip and revert back to using, they don’t realize that a far smaller amount will have the same affect as the larger amounts they did before. Therefore,, they start with the larger amount because that’s what they were used to. Since they are clean it affects them in a much worse way. They had worked up to that amount in the past. To get clean and use a larger amount will kill them. That’s what rehab fails to tell them. Their system cannot withstand it.