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Sunday
Jul212013

"Glee" Dealing With Cory Monteith's Death 'as a Family'

Eddy Chen/FOX(NEW YORK) -- The decision to postpone the season premiere of Glee by only one week in the wake of Cory Monteith's death was made by none other than Monteith's on-and-off screen girlfriend Lea Michele, show co-creator Ryan Murphy said.

"She was very adamant that she thought it was best for the cast and crew to get back to together sooner [rather] than later so that mortgages could be paid and people could take care of their families," Murphy told the website TVLine.com.

In the interview, Murphy was candid about how the show would handle Monteith's death.

The cast is scheduled to come back to work in early August, when they will begin filming the first two episodes of the season, which have already been written. The third episode will then be crafted to deal with the death of Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, which Murphy said "is a very difficult episode to write."

"[It] has to be done very carefully and with a lot of taste and really make sure that it's a tribute to Cory," he told TVLine.com.

Following the tribute, the show will go on hiatus to figure out the next best steps going forward with Monteith gone.

"It's just a crazy, really difficult, very emotional time. I think what we're really trying to do is deal with it as a family, which is what that group of people is," he said. "Lea is obviously very grief-stricken but she's also one of the strongest people I know. She wants people to be better and get back to work. So that's what we're going to do."

Monteith, 31, was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 13, after he failed to check out on time. He died of mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol, the British Columbia Coroners Service said Tuesday.

The Glee star had a history of substance abuse. In 2011, he told Parade magazine that, at 19, he went to rehab, saying that he took "anything and everything" and was "lucky to be alive."

This past April, his rep confirmed that he entered treatment once again for addiction.

In the interview, Murphy shined light on the fact that Michele had staged an intervention for Monteith to get him help.

"Your life is more important than any stupid TV show," Murphy said he told Monteith. "You're not going to film. You're going to get in a car right now and get help that I and [Executive Producer] Brad [Falchuk] and Lea and I arranged."

Meanwhile, fans organized a vigil Friday night for the actor outside the Vancouver hotel where Monteith was found.

Monteith's cousin, Richard Monteith, who attended the vigil, told ABC News the two often spoke about Monteith's relationship with his co-star.

"They were around each other 24/7 and we were able to witness something beautiful," he said. "My heart goes out to her."

A memorial for the actor is planned for later this week.

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Sunday
Jul142013

"Glee" Star Cory Monteith Found Dead at 31

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- Cory Monteith, who played the football-hero turned singing heartthrob Finn Hudson in the Fox hit show Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room this weekend, authorities said. He was 31.

The actor had checked into Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on July 6 and was scheduled to check out Saturday, according to police.

When he did not check-out, the hotel staff went to his hotel room and found his body.

Vancouver Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said the actor had been dead for several hours when his body was discovered.

"Mr. Monteith was found deceased in his room at approximately noon today," Lapointe said at a news conference late Saturday.

Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard said the evidence shows Monteith was last seen returning to his room alone late Friday night.

Although the cause of death is not yet known, police have ruled out foul play. Police said they believe he was alone when he died. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

"We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss," a representative for the actor said in a statement to ABC News.

GLEE Executive Producers, 20th Century Fox Television and FOX Broadcasting Company posted the following statement on the Glee Facebook page:

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones," the statement said.

On-screen and off, Monteith dated Glee co-star Lea Michele, who played Rachel Berry on the show.

"We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time," a representative for Michele's representative said in a statement Sunday.

Monteith has played Glee character Finn Hudson since the show debuted in 2009.

His first real break was a recurring part on the teen sci-fi show Kyle XY. He also made guest appearances on several other TV shows including Smallville, Stargate and Interns.

Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and later moved to Vancouver Island, according to his bio on the Glee website.

Struggle With Drugs

Like the character he played on Glee, Monteith looked like the all-American boy next door who was always smiling.

But the actor dealt with serious issues throughout his life including drug abuse, something he had always been open about.

He said his life long battle with substance abuse started with drugs at the age of 13.

In April, his rep told ABC News that he had checked into rehab.

Lea Michele told People magazine at the time, "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this."

"I am grateful and proud he made this decision," she said.

In a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, Montieth said he got treatment at 19 for his addiction struggles that included taking "anything and everything." He told Parade that he was "lucky to be alive."
He hoped that others would learn from his experiences.

"If I can, through my experience, shed light on the way out of a difficult situation I know many kids are experiencing, you know, just like I did when I was a teenager, I mean, that's huge," Monteith said on the Canadian TV show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight in 2011.

Reaction to Monteith's Death

Twitter has been flooded with an outpouring of support and love for the late star.

Just minutes after police confirmed Monteith's death, Mark Salling, who plays Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the show, simply tweeted, "no". That tweet was later deleted, but not before being retweeted thousands of times.

Dot Jones, who plays Coach Beiste on the show, tweeted, "I HAVE NO WORDS! MY HEART IS BROKEN CORY WAS NOT ONLY A HELL OF A FRIEND HE WAS ONE AMAZING MEN THAT I WILL HOLD CLOSE TO MY HEART FOREVER."

Glee Guest star Kristin Chenowith tweeted, "RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always."

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Sunday
Apr212013

Jane Lynch: I'm Not Leaving 'Glee'

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On a recent episode of Glee, Jane Lynch’s character took responsibility for a terrifying school shooting, which ultimately cost her her job. But, says the actress, in this case, life will not imitate fiction.

“As far as I know, I’m [still] in!” she tells ABC News. “I’m in the two episodes after this, so I’ll have a new [direction].”

Lynch, 52, who is now a spokeswoman for belVita Breakfast Biscuits, says that she welcomed the opportunity to tackle such a serious topic, but, “I don’t know that I was prepared for the amount of scrutiny and the amount of attention going to it.”

“I think [series creator] Ryan [Murphy] wrote a terrific story,” she adds, “And I thought, ‘I’m glad that he’s shedding light on this.’”

The actress, who is making her Broadway debut in Annie next month, is also speaking out in support of her co-star Cory Monteith, who entered rehab earlier this month for substance abuse.

“He knows the drill — he knows what he needs to do,” she says. “It’s almost like he has to renew his vows of sobriety to himself and that’s what’s so great about it: He went of his own volition to take care of it.”

Lynch, who says that she’s been sober for 21 years and has bonded with Monteith over that, adds that being upfront and honest about addiction is an important part of the process.

“It’s the only way to go,” she says. “You have to take chances of telling the truth and not hiding behind anything.”

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Wednesday
Oct172012

Bette Midler Agrees to "Glee" Guest Spot

Eugene Gologursky/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Make way for Bette Midler on Glee. It appears she's agreed to a guest role on the Fox series.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy says on Twitter that he invited Midler onto his show while sharing the stage with her at God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards in New York on Monday night. He adds, "Bette said yes! Amazing. I am plotting ... who should she play?"

Midler provides a possible clue on her own Twitter feed, writing, "I have one vote for Rachel's grandmother ... hmmmm. I'm thinking, I'm thinking!!" Rachel is Lea Michele's character, who's trying to make it in New York.

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Tuesday
Oct162012

Report: "American Idol" Runner-Up Jessica Sanchez Joins "Glee"

Michael Becker/FOX(NEW YORK) -- American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez is joining the cast of Glee in an recurring role, according to TVLine.com. 

There are no official details on what Sanchez’s role on the Fox series will be, but the website hints she could be a new love interest for Cory Monteith’s character, Finn. 

No word on when Sanchez will make her first appearance.

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Monday
May072012

"Glee" Goes to Prom With One Direction, Ke$ha, Fergie & More

Mike Yarish/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Back in 1986, all the kids at prom were slow dancing to "Take My Breath Away," a love ballad by the group Berlin that was featured in the Tom Cruise flick Top Gun.  Well, some things never change, because on Tuesday's episode of Glee, it's prom night, and you'll see everyone dancing to "Take My Breath Away," as performed by Santana and Quinn.

But the episode, called "Prom-asauraus," features plenty of current songs as well.  Just as Glee covered The Wanted's "Glad You Came" a couple months ago, they're now taking on the hit song by that other British boy band.  That's right, New Directions is covering One Direction, as Mike, Rory, Sam, Joe and Artie sing "What Makes You Beautiful."

Other songs featured include Fergie's ballad "Big Girls Don't Cry," sung by Rachel and -- oddly -- Kurt and Blaine, as well as the Ke$ha song "Dinosaur," sung by Brittany to reflect the fact that, as class president, she wants a dinosaur theme for the prom.  Selena Gomez's "Love You Like a Love Song," sung by Santana and the Trouble Tones, completes the soundtrack for the episode.

In the episode, the kids campaign to be prom king and queen, while some of the outcasts organize a rival event.  It airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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Thursday
May032012

Jane Lynch Hints Dianna Agron Is Leaving "Glee"

Danielle Levitt/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Is Dianna Agron saying goodbye to Glee? Her co-star, Jane Lynch, strongly hinted as much during an interview with E! this week.

Lynch was discussing her work on the show's season finale, in which some of the major characters, including Agron's Quinn, will be graduating high school.

Lynch said, "It was kind of emotional doing my last scene with Dianna, and it really just caught me by surprise at how moving it was. She is just amazing and just a really nice person too. It was like saying goodbye to Dianna, which is a sad thing to do."

There's been no official word that the current season of Glee is Agron's last.

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Friday
Apr272012

Report: Lindsay Lohan Acted Like a ‘Diva’ on "Glee" Set

Toby Canham/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If her panned performance on Saturday Night Live was the first stumble of Lindsay Lohan’s long-awaited career comeback and alleged bar dust-ups were the second, a three-episode guest spot on Glee might have been strike three. A source told Us Weekly that Lohan was six hours late to work on the show Wednesday, and her “diva” behavior irritated cast and crew alike.

“One of her demands has to do with her trailer size,” said the spy. “The cast is already worked to death and then she puts everything behind. She is a diva!”

Lindsay’s tardiness was initially hinted at by cast member Dot Marie Jones, who tweeted -- then deleted -- “Gonna be a long day!! Some ppl show up late and just throw a wrench in things. Not cool! I’d rather be an hour early (I was) than 5 minutes late.”

Lohan’s last day on the job was Thursday, the magazine said. Lohan’s rep did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

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Tuesday
Mar272012

Lindsay Lohan, Whoopi Goldberg to Guest Star on 'Glee'

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lindsay Lohan has apparently forgiven Glee for mocking her personal problems in an episode that aired less than two years ago.

Lindsay's rep has confirmed to ABC News that the Mean Girls actress will guest star in an episode of the Fox series later this season. TVLine.com reports she is slated to play herself, serving as a judge at the Nationals competition.

In the fall of 2010, Fox aired an episode of Glee in which a substitute Spanish teacher, played by guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, asked her class if it could translate the phrase "Lindsay Lohan is totally crazy, right?" She also made a reference to Lindsay's numerous stints in rehab.

After the episode aired, Lindsay's mom, Dina Lohan, claimed to RadarOnline.com that the actress found the dialogue to be hurtful.

Lindsay, whose probation is scheduled to end Thursday, recently hosted Saturday Night Live and is set to portray Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie.

TVLine.com is also reporting that Whoopi Goldberg will guest star in multiple episodes of Glee as a professor at New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts. Her character supervises auditions by Chris Colfer's Kurt and Lea Michele's Rachel.

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Monday
Mar122012

Nude Photos of "Glee" Star Heather Morris Surface Online 

Danielle Levitt/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- It appears that Glee star Heather Morris is the latest actress to have her cellphone hacked, according to Zap2it.com. Some 27 photos of the actress in various states of undress were posted online at CelebSlam. The photos may or may not be of Morris, but they closely resemble the actress who plays McKinley High cheerleader Brittany.

The photos purportedly depict Morris in her underwear, and there are images with her breasts and midsection exposed.  One of the shots shows Morris posing in her "I'm a Slave 4 U" outfit from the show, which would suggest that at least some of the photos are authentic.

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