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While many fans continue to mourn the loss of Glee star Cory Monteith, FOX Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly has revealed details about how the show will deal with portraying the on-screen death of his character, Finn Hudson.
Reilly stated that Monteith's death will not be ignored and they "will deal directly with the elements of his passing," HitFix reports. While the first two episodes have already been written and will be fun episodes with Beatles music, the show will then write out Finn in the third episode.
"That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved with Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular," Reilly stated.
He wouldn’t confirm if Finn dies from a drug overdose, but did reveal that creator Ryan Murphy will shoot PSAs with that cast that will air during the episode -- these will speak directly about drug addiction and the incident.
"It’s incredibly sad… with some people you see them struggling with addiction, they partied too hard… it’s easy to put them in a category," Reilly said. "He was a big, wonderful life force. He looked straight as an arrow. He was open about [his addiction] in his past, not as open in the present. Nobody was shocked, but everybody was shocked because it was an accident."
Reilly also went on to say that Monteith’s on- and off-screen girlfriend Lea Michele was the show's main motivation to get back to work and called her “a pillar of strength” and “an extraordinary human being.”
Proceeds from the music on the third episode will go to starting a fund in Monteith’s name and will air on Oct. 10. Glee will then go on a three-week hiatus to make room for the baseball playoffs.
Meanwhile, Michele has returned to work, tweeting today from her first Glee fitting of the new season. She is one strong woman to be able to return to that set without Monteith.
First day of glee today..And at my first wardrobe fitting for Rachel Berry for Season Five! I've missed her so much— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) August 1, 2013
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