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Glee's Ryan Murphy Says Cory Monteith Farewell Episode Left The Cast & Crew 'Sobbing'.

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In less than one week, Glee will say goodbye to Cory Monteith with an emotional farewell episode entitled, The Quarterback.

The FOX series shot the special tribute all last month, including scenes where the show's characters all mourn the death of Finn Hudson. But in reality, even after "cut" is called, their friend Cory is still gone.

Recently, Glee creator Ryan Murphy opened up about how difficult it was for everyone involved to film this episode. Murphy disclosed:

"It was incredibly difficult to work on. It was very difficult to shoot. I mean, the interesting thing about that show is that those actors and the creators really, really loved Cory. The episode is called 'The Quarterback,' and you know Cory really was that, to that group of people and to me particularly. There was nobody on that crew that did not like Cory."

In particular, Ryan opened up about the toll this took on Lea Michele, Cory's long-time girlfriend both on and off the series. He described her courage, saying:

"It was rough. It was very rough. It was very rough with Lea Michele, but I'm very proud of it. I think the performances are quite stunning. People still are not over it. It's still very, very difficult. I've never seen a crew that you can't continue shooting because they've left the room sobbing. It was very hard."

Absolutely heartbreaking…

Fans can expect to see several cast members who are no longer regulars on the series return for this episode, including Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes, Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang, Mark Salling as Puck and Jayma Mays as Emma.

Ryan says he received several phone calls from people who wanted to be a part of this goodbye episode because they loved Cory so much. He explained:

"What I loved about it is, you know when you write something like that, there's no right way to do it, so we wrote it and we put people who were under contract to the show in it and a lot of the actors contacted me and said, 'I just love him so much, can I please be a part of it?' So we put those people in."

We will no doubt be tuning in next Thursday, like we always do. And as difficult as we expect watching this episode will be, we can't thank Mr. Murphy enough for giving fans the closure they need in the wake of this tragedy.

R.I.P. Cory…

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10 comments to “Glee's Ryan Murphy Says Cory Monteith Farewell Episode Left The Cast & Crew 'Sobbing'.”

  1. Soooooo. says – reply to this


    Boo-hoo-hoo, another drug addict commits suicide! Shows how much he cared for those around him. Feel sorry for him, no, but I do feel sorry for this family and friends.

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    Milking it for all it's worth….

  4. 4

    When i read crap like what KIKA01 writes, that attitude is the exact reason why mental health issues go un-noticed. Like you have no faults…………..

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    Re: SweetSummerNight – EXCATLY! Apparently that person has never lost someone tragicly and senselessly. Apart from his addiction issues he was a PERSON. A person who others loved, respected and admired. People are FAR more than their faults. Losing a person who had other reddeming qualities aside from the addition problem IS a loss to the people around him.

    Re: Soooooo. – He did Not commit suicide. He unintentionally OD'd because he went bak to using and most likely used what he was used to and his body could not handle it having been off drugs for a time. He did not intend to kill himself.

  6. childsofmisery says – reply to this


    Are still talking about this?
    Are they going to bring out the Corey's skeleton for prove that he is dead and not a phenom like Elvis .. Damn, the art of creating a myth..

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    I loved Amy winehouse and she was a drunk and drug addict. it wouldn't be so bad if it were a person the whole world knew and loved their music,, but this kid was on some queer show that no one but some queers watch. done with this shit.

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    When will the people that are commenting learn that addiction is a mental illness and a pariah on OUR society? Until we all look at the bigger issue of mental illness society will continue to have shootings, accidental suicides, etc. We need to build community and support for the mentally ill, this is a systemic issue.

  9. Kendra says – reply to this


    I wish Ryan Murphy would release the original script that Glee was going to have. I want to see what was going to happen between Rachel and Finn! He finally went to New York to win her back! I would pay to read the original script =(

  10. kyle says – reply to this


    Does anyone know what Cory was going through? He may had a drug addiction, but why? Does anyone know why? Does anyone care? I am ashamed of all of you. While I don't condone drug use, but there is something behind it. God forbid you should ever have any problems.

    The point here is the that Glee producer's are not milking it. They had to end it someway. For god sakes, Michelle needed closer on and off screen. I guarantee you anyone that cares (apparently NONE of you do) will be in tears, not so much for Cory, but for Michelle and the gang. Please show some love for those that are mourning. This is not about you so stop judging you hypocrites.

    RIP Cory and I am sorry for all your sadness. Michelle and the gang, your supporters love you. Screw the haters. You can just refer them to Republicans. Much love!