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Ryan Murphy Reveals How 'Glee' Will Handle Cory Monteith's Death

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Pretty much the entire Glee cast has spoken out about the passing of their beloved co-star Cory Monteith just a week ago, and now the show's creator Ryan Murphy has broken his silence.

Murphy spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and revealed his plans for Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, after such a loss. "When you're faced with something so sad and so shocking, what do you do? Do we cancel the show? Do we start shooting in January? What do we do?" Murphy said in the interview. "Ultimately, we decided the best thing for everyone is to get back to work and be around people who knew him and loved him so that everyone can grieve together."

He also said Finn's role will not be re-cast. Instead, the show will deal with his passing in the third episode of season 5, the premiere of which just got pushed back. "The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass," Murphy said. "When we do the tribute episode to that character, we'll have to do it in a way where the castmembers will not have to re-create feelings of grief that they’ve had this week – but do it in an upbeat way."

On a more personal note, Murphy talked about how dedicated the whole cast was to helping the troubled star. "It's always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies, but one of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better," he said.

Murphy also said he told Monteith's girlfriend Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry on Glee, that he would understand if she didn't want to come back to the show. However, she told him that was not an option.

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