Ryan Murphy says Lea Michele made the decision that it's the best for the cast and crew to get back to work and be together every day following her boyfriend's sudden passing.
Ryan Murphy has broken his silence on Cory Monteith's death. In separate interviews with various outlets, the series creator explains what he would do with "Glee" following the actor's tragic passing. "Once you're faced with this situation, which is devastating...There's really no way to win in this situation," he tells E! News.
"The thing that we ultimately found was that our cast and crew wanted to be together, they wanted to go back to work, they wanted to sort of be in a place where they could all remember and discuss Cory sooner than later. As for me, I really had no set opinion. I was willing to do what people wanted."
Admitting that he would end the show for good if Monteith's off-screen girlfriend Lea Michele wanted so, Murphy reveals they consulted with the actress before making the decisions to go on with the show and delay the production until August.
He says, "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."
Murphy also says they didn't have time to rewrite the first two episodes of season 5, but they plan to address Monteith's death in episode 3. "We had two episodes that we finished writing in May that were our Beatles tributes that we we've been working on for four years, so those were already done. With some slight modifications, we decided, 'OK, let's shoot these. Let's get people back and then let's take the time to write and deal with a tribute to Cory,' which I guess we're going to do for episode three and then after that episode airs, we're going to go off the air for a while and take a little hiatus and figure out what is the future of the show," he explains.
To TVLine, Murphy reveals it's he, co-creator Brad Falchuk and Michele who staged an intervention when they found out Monteith's drug addiction was back. "Lea was 100 percent running [the intervention], out of love and trying to get him better," he says, recalling their advice to him, "Look. Don't worry about your job; you will always have a job. Don't worry about fear. Don't worry about shame. Just worry about getting better and getting stronger..."
"He was like a son to me... He was both very loving and very sweet and also very stubborn. I really expected him to fight me. He wanted to finish those last two episodes of [Season 4], and that's when we found out about the addiction flaring up again and I said, 'F**k no. We're writing you out of these episodes. Your life is more important than any stupid TV show. You're not going to film. You're going to get in a car right now and get help that I and Brad and Lea have arranged.' I thought he was going to fight me. He said, instead, 'OK, I'm so glad it's over.' He embraced it and went without a fight and got in a car and went to rehab."
After Monteith completed the rehab, Murphy was convinced that the Finn Hudson depicter "was doing really well." He says, "I spoke to him, and he was really grateful. Lea was very instrumental in trying to save his life and get him the help that he needed and I think for everyone, including myself and her, it's just a shock. It happened so quickly and without warning, as it often does for many people."
Monteith passed away at 31 years old in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver on July 13. Autopsy report revealed that he died of mixed-drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol. In the wake of his sudden passing, "Glee" season 5 premiere has been pushed back a week from September 19 to September 26.