Ryan Murphy reflects on the death of ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith



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Ryan Murphy says he would have handled “Glee” star Cory Monteith’s death differently now.

In a conversation on the “And That’s What Really Missed” podcast released this week, Murphy said he regretted doing a tribute episode of the show so soon after Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose on 2013 at the age of 31.

“I’ve thought about this a lot recently and I wouldn’t have done it [episode] now,” Murphy said. “I just wouldn’t have done it. I felt it was too raw and too soon.”

The podcast is hosted by “Glee” stars Kevin McHale (who played Artie Abrams) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang), and they got their former boss to talk about the months leading up to Monteith’s death.

Murphy said he didn’t know the actor had a drug problem.

“I was naive. I didn’t know,” Murphy said. “I was the person who had to lead the intervention without knowing what to do or what to say. I was desperate for him to live.”

Although he had a counselor on set while filming the tribute episode and even gave the cast the option to opt out, Murphy said he understood how difficult it was for everyone involved.

The showrunner added that at the time, he was “in such pain” and was “devastated” by Monteith’s tragic death.

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