Kevin McHale On ‘Glee’: ‘We’re Off The Air For A Reason’

Kevin McHale

Glee actor Kevin McHale seemed to have a lot to say about how the popular Ryan Murphy-created FOX TV series came to an end in a recent interview on The HuffPost Show.

The 26-year-old actor focused mainly on the rumors circulating online about possible spin-offs that are in development — especially since the six-season musical comedy-drama series wrapped up production and aired its finale back in March.

However, according to McHale, those spin-off rumors are more than likely not going to go very far past the Internet simply because of the fact that a lot of people stopped watching the original show.

“Towards the end, there weren’t that many people watching Glee. So I don’t know how many people would then watch a spin-off. We’re off the air for a reason.”

Even though the hit show got off to a great start with fans and critics alike, it seemed to hit a brick wall at some point where its popularity started to taper off and dwindle down over time. When asked to identify the point when Glee “jumped the shark,” Kevin McHale respectfully focused on the drastic yet long-lasting impact that the death of Cory Monteith had on the show overall.

“I will say, not to bring it down or anything, when Cory Monteith died. I don’t think the show ever came back from that. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, but the story was going in one direction with his character [Finn Hudson] and he was one of two main characters of the show.”

Cory Monteith died in July 2013 from an overdose of alcohol and heroin. Although the Glee cast and crew decided to keep the show running after the death of the show’s leading actor, it did not take very long for the official announcement of the sixth season being its last to turn from a rumor into a confirmed report.

Not only was the vibe on set and in character at McKinley High School changed forever with the death of Cory (and Finn), but Kevin McHale confirmed that the damage went far beyond the camera lens and stage.

“I think after that the vibe on set was different. It was just weird for us being there never mind actually having to be filming. Being one of the writers in that sort of situation — I wouldn’t have known what I would have done because I was like, ‘I don’t really even want to be here.'”

According to many of the comments on Twitter that have been posted about Glee in recent months, Kevin McHale was definitely not the only person that felt that way about the show’s demise and its fallen star.

Was Kevin McHale right? Did Glee “jump the shark” after Cory Monteith died?

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