Actress Jane Lynch delivered a moving speech to remember her "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith during the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. At the event, which was held on Sunday, September 22, Jane spoke in front of audience members, saying that the late Cory was "a beautiful soul."
"This summer on our show 'Glee' we suffered a painful death in our family," she told the audience. "From the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. And millions did fall in love with Cory ... and I'm here to say that all that warmth and that charm and that open-hearted quality that we loved in Cory was no act."
"Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. Tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss of all he could have been. To a generation that loved Cory so, please know this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love," Jane continued saying.
"And if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness firsthand Cory's goofy, breezy sense of humor, his natural instinct for inclusiveness and his unbridled sense of generosity day in and day out, I promise you have loved him even more," she concluded.
Previously, there was a controversy following announcement that Cory would be remembered at the show. Adam Klugman, whose three-time Emmy-winning father Jack Klugman was not included in the five individual salutes, told the Associated Press that it was an "insult."
Emmy-winning actor Peter MacNicol, who won a trophy for his role on "Ally McBeal", commented on the issue, telling TMZ that Cory tribute might save the life of people who were in the path of destruction. "If we are going to get into a merit system based on longevity then we are in trouble," he said.