Cory Monteith's Finn character to be written out of Glee
Story by Jack Foley
CORY Monteith’s Finn Hudson will be written out of Glee, according to Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly.
Speaking at the channel’s presentation at the Television Critics’ Association, Reilly said that the third episode of the incoming fifth season will deal with the issue.
However, it has not yet been decided just how Finn will go.
“Cory’s character will be written off and [it] will deal directly with drug addiction and the circumstances surrounding Cory’s death,” Reilly continued, noting that the cast and creators of the series will film public service announcements about drug addiction.
Additionally, all proceeds from the episode will be donated to a new fund for the late actor.
As previously confirmed, the first two episodes of the new series will be fun and celebratory, with one devoted to The Beatles. But the third episode will then address Monteith’s death.
“The third episode will be Finn Hudson being written out of the show,” Reilly went on. “It would be difficult to come out of the gate right away and then recover.”
Thereafter, Glee will probably take a three-week break during which it will “re-set” itself.
Monteith, 31, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13. An autopsy revealed he died of “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol”.
It remains to be seen whether the Finn character will be killed off, or dealt with in some other way.