What a hard decision to make!
But Lea Michele has been so strong since Cory Monteith's passing that we're not surprised to hear she made such a brave decision in regard to the new season of Glee.
Ryan Murphy opened up about deciding to delay Glee's production but still move forward with the upcoming season. And as it turns out, he had nothing to do with the final call!
"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."
It is hard to disagree especially when someone as close to Cory as Lea feels like this is something she needs.
But we have to admit it's nice to hear that Ryan would have done whatever was best for her right now, even if that meant canceling the show as he added:
"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 … I've never met any 26-year-old person stronger than Lea. She's really been the leader in this situation."
All we can really say is wow.
Lea's braveness is incredible and the support she has gotten from her friends and coworkers is absolutely amazing.
We hope the whole cast and crew can get through this most difficult time together and pay tribute to Cory's memory in the best way possible.
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