Cory Monteith has checked himself into rehab, but the “Glee” star’s absence will not affect production on the show, according to a statement from the studio. 20th Century Fox TV, which produces “Glee,” has no plans to alter production at this time.
A representative from the studio made the following statement:
Production will not be affected.
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.
With storylines occurring at both the original high school and in New York City this season, it’s not a huge shock that “Glee” can continue production without Monteith. We last saw the character of Finn in a New York hotel room (when he arrived to take vengeance on Brody), but the character had admitted that his plans were up in the air before then. It wouldn’t be too hard to fit in a plot about Finn going away for self-discovery or training of some sort.
Because of the abrupt nature of the rehab, there may be a minor bit of whiplash on the fans’ part though. Monteith will miss filming on the final two episodes of the season and the character of Finn will disappear rather abruptly as a result. A mention of his absence in an upcoming script may be all of the explanation we get.
Monteith, 30, who has starred as Finn Hudson throughout the four-season run of the show, was confirmed to have checked into rehab on Sunday (March 31). His girlfriend and co-star, Lea Michele, later posted her support for Monteith via Twitter. The actor has admitted that he went through rehab before at the age of 19.