The Glee family came together in Hollywood yesterday to remember Cory Monteith.
Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the show passed away in his hotel room in Canada almost two weeks back following a drugs overdose with Heroin and Alcohol being the two main substances in his body.
Yesterday, the cast, crew and producers of Glee came together to share “memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith” at a private memorial in Hollywood.
In a statement released by FOX, the network said: “Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the live of Cory Monteith.
“We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time”.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Glee will return to FOX one week later than originally scheduled following the death of Monteith. It is known that the third episode of the season will be a tribute/memorial episode remembering Cory Monteith in which the show will then go on hiatus to assess the future of the show.
In an interview with E! Online, Ryan Murphy said that he considered pulling the plug on the show altogether following Monteith’s sudden and shocking passing.
He said: “Once you’re faced with this situation, which is devastating…There’s really no way to win in this situation. So our position was, do we go off the air permanently? Do we go off the air until November? Do we start shooting again in January? But the thing that we ultimately found was that our cast and crew wanted to be together, they wanted to go back to work, they wanted to sort of be in a place where they could all remember and discuss Cory sooner than later. As for me, I really had no set opinion. I was willing to do what people wanted.
“Ultimately the person who made the decision was Lea, who felt that the best thing for the cast and crew was to be together and to get back to work and be together every day and talk about our memories of him. So we decided to do that with Lea’s blessing and we’re going to go back to work and have grief counselors on the set for two weeks because people are really hurting”.