By James Hibberd
July 27, 2013 at 05:00 PM EDT
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Mike O’Malley talked about the passing of his Glee co-star Cory Monteith while promoting his new NBC sitcom Welcome to the Family on Saturday.

O’Malley plays Monteith’s stepfather Burt Hummel on the Fox series, and recalled one searing scene in which Finn (Monteith) used a homophobic slur.

“I had many of my scenes on Glee usually with either Chris [Colfer] or Cory and I think I had what was probably the toughest scene I’ve ever acted in my career as an actor opposite him,” O’Malley said. “I had to throw his character, Finn, out of the house because of a slur he used. It was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over the depth of emotion he was able to portray … the sorrow, the shame…”

O’Malley called Finn the fictional quarterback on the show and a very real quarterback for the cast behind the scenes. “He was an incredibly warm guy, a guy who was welcoming to everyone who came on that show … he was a very hard-working actor. I loved working with him, he was a great guy. I miss him very much.”

O’Malley said he wasn’t sure if he was going to be a part of the Glee episode next season honoring Finn, but said he hopes he will. “Burt is a very important role to me, it’s been a great part and I’ve said to all those guys, ‘I’ll work early in the morning, late at night, Saturday, Sunday, whatever I need to do to participate and continue to be on that show honoring Cory and his passing and that character.”

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