Though the topic is tough to talk about, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy is finally opening about the death of Cory Monteith and the future of his Fox show.
In an interview with E! News, the 47-year-old explains that the decision to continue with the series was solely up to Monteith”s girlfriend, and main cast member, Lea Michele.
“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,” Murphy sad. “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.”
Although the musical-comedy is a huge hit, Ryan says that the possibility of shutting down for good could have happened, saying, “If Lea had said to me, “I could never do this again and I don”t want to do this again,” you know, she is sort of the show, so what do you do And I would”ve, out of respect to her as a person, said “OK,” but that”s not how Lea operates; that”s not how she feels. She”s handled this with so much humanity and grace and she”s also handled this in a way where she”s trying to look out for 500 other people affected by him and who have mortgages to pay and families to feed.”
Finally, Murphy gave a touching statement on how he wants Cory to be remembered, saying, “I think Cory was very much like Finn that Cory really was a champion of young artists and the underdog. I hope that that”s how he”s remembered and I think he will be because that”s how he was in real life with his causes and his outreach programs.”