Glee Lea Michele Cory Monteith
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Glee showrunner and creator Ryan Murphy gave an in-depth interview to E! in which he discussed how Cory Monteith’s real-life girlfriend Lea Michele was the main reason the show will resume next month despite Monteith’s untimely death on July 13. “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 said.

Murphy told E! that he would have ended the show if that’s what the actress had wanted. “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 ‘okay,’ but that’s not how Lea operates.” He continued, “Everyone involved made the decision, ‘Okay, what does Lea want to do, what would Lea feel comfortable doing?’ This is what she wants to do…. We followed her lead.”

Murphy also talked about the practicalities of shooting the first few episodes of Glee‘s fifth season — which will premiere on Fox Sept. 26 — without Monteith. “We had two episodes that we finished writing in May that were our Beatles tributes that we we’ve been working on for four years, so those were already done,” he said. “With some slight modifications, we decided, ‘Okay, let’s shoot these. Let’s get people back and then let’s take the time to write and deal with a tribute to Cory,’ which I guess we’re going to do for episode 3, and then after that episode airs, we’re going to go off the air for a while and take a little hiatus and figure out what is the future of the show.”

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