Posted on Thu Aug 1st, 2013 2:30pm PDT
Fans have been wondering how Glee would handle the untimely death of star Cory Monteith and now their questions have been answered. On Thursday, FOX's Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly announced during Television Critics Association panel, that Monteithâ€™s beloved character Finn Hudson would be written off of the show in the third episode, and the way they will handle his death will, "deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory's passing and the drug abuse in particular."
On July 13, the 31-year-old star was found dead in his Canadian hotel room, resulting from a mix of alcohol and heroin.
In a bold move, Reilly revealed that producer Ryan Murphy will be shooting anti-drug PSAs with cast members, who will be in character, "as friends of [Finn's]. They're going to speak directly to the audience and I think they're going to be very impactful."
Reilly also addressed Moneithâ€™s untimely death as well as his well-chronicled addiction, saying, "He was very open about [drug addiction] in his past; not as open about it in the present ... Everybody was ultimately shocked because it was an accident that happened to somebody struggling with an addiction."
He also added spoke about the fallen actorâ€™s positive influence on the show, "You see some people struggling with addiction and it's clear. Cory was a big, open, wonderful life force. He was not a problem. He didn't look like [a drug addict]. He looked straight as an arrow."
After a several week delay, Glee resumes production next week and the new season premieres on Sept. 26. Proceeds from the third episodeâ€™s music sales will go to a charity formed in Monteithâ€™s name.
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