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Cory Monteith is putting singing and dancing aside to get some help. The Glee star, who has admitted to having a drug problem when he was a teenager, has voluntarily checked himself into rehab for substance addiction. Thankfully, the cast and crew are standing behind him, even though he'll miss the last two episodes of Season 4.
"Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment," producers said in a statement. "Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return."
Series creator Ryan Murphy then tweeted his support of the actor on Monday morning:
I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100%.— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 1, 2013
Also standing by her man is Cory's girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele. "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this," the actress, who plays Rachel Berry to Cory's Finn Hudson, told People. "I am grateful and proud he made this decision."
Our hearts go out to Cory for his struggle with addiction, which began when he was practically a child. But we also want to commend him for being open about his need for treatment. Monteith went to rehab before, when he was 19, and it's not at all uncommon for addicts to relapse. Unfortunately, many celebrities -- especially those with younger fan bases -- are terrified to acknowledge that they have a real problem. In the end, too many let their lives implode, rather than admit to their fans that something is wrong. (This is why we're worried about Justin Bieber.) Alternately, they're afraid to put their career on hold long enough to go through the recovery process.
It must have taken a lot of strength for Cory to bow out of filming, and we're very happy to hear that the rest of the Glee family is being supportive. (Especially Lea!) According to Deadline, the cast will go ahead with shooting the final two episodes, and "the sudden absence" of Finn Hudson will be "explained." We're sure that producers will find a way to resolve the Finchel storyline before the finale. If not, we'll go ahead and hold our breath all summer -- for Cory's sake.