News broke Sunday evening that 30-year-old actor Cory Monteith — who stars as Glee’s Finn Hudson — has checked himself into rehab for substance addiction. While many Glee fans are focusing on wishing the star a healthy recovery, some are wondering if Monteith’s decision to seek treatment will affect the outcome of the show final episodes — and unfortunately it will.
Representatives from both Glee and FOX have confirmed to Hollywood.com that Monteith’s desire to seek treatment will not affect production on the hit comedy. As for their scheduling, the network reveals that Glee only as two episodes left to shoot for season four, and they are prepared to finish out the season without Monteith.
Finn Hudson’s absence will be explained on screen, but there is no news yet of how the writers will ease him out of the spotlight. With the character’s recent decision to follow his dreams to attend college and become a teacher, it seems likely that Hudson’s disappearance could be tied to a school event.
20th Century FOX and all those on Glee wish the star a heathy recovery and, like Monteith’s girlfriend Lea Michele, they fully support his decision. “Cory is a beloved member of the GLEE family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment. Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return,” the network says in an official statement released to Hollywood.com.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy also extended his warmest wishes to Monteith. The showrunner took to Twitter Monday morning saying that he is “proud” of the actor’s decision and “love and support him 100%.”
I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100%.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 1, 2013
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