Kevin Reilly, the Chairman of Entertainment for the Fox Broadcasting Company, said that “Glee” likely won’t make it past its sixth season in the aftermath of star Cory Monteith’s death. He said the show will also film PSAs about the dangers of addiction.
Of an upcoming episode, he said, “What I will tell you is that that episode will deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing and with the drug abuse in particular,” according to Us Magazine.
He also said that “Glee” will do a tribute to Monteith during its third episode this season and “deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing and the drug use in particular,” according to USA Today.
He said that Monteith’s character, Finn, will be written out of the show in the third episode of season five.
“The third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show,” Reilly said, according to the Huffington Post.
He added: “That episode will deal directly with the incidents surrounding his death and drug addiction … Ryan Murphy is going to film PSAs with the cast, as cast members, as friends of his, they’re going to speak directly to the audience [about Cory] …”
Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13 at age 31 due to a combination of alcohol and heroin.
“You see some people struggling with addiction, it’s clear,” Reilly said, according to Philly.com. “He was very open about his past, not so open in the present,” he added.