Cory Monteith is going to rehab, and Glee is moving on without him.
One day after the show’s star announced that he is entering rehab for substance abuse, Glee producers they will stay on schedule to film the final two remaining episodes of the year without him.
Viewers will get an explanation why Cory Monteith’s character, McKinley High School graduate Finn, isn’t around.
Though he’s gone for a bit, Monteith isn’t exactly being written off the show. He’s gotten words of support from the show’s producers.
“Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment,” said 20th Century Fox, the show’s producer, in a statement. “Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.”
He also appears to have the support of Lea Michele, his girlfriend and Glee co-star.
“I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision,” she said.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has praised Cory Monteith for his decision to enter rehab.
“I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100 [percent],” Murphy tweeted Monday.
Cory Monteith has been to rehab before. In 2011 he opened up about his problems with substance abuse as a teenager, saying that a family intervention at age 19 helped him realize how much his life had gone off track.
“I’m lucky on so many counts –- I’m lucky to be alive,” Monteith said. “I stole a significant amount of money from a family member. I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care.”
Monteith said he dropped out of high school at age 16 after years of drinking and smoking week, using “anything and everything, as much as possible.”
After Cory Monteith went to rehab the first time, he appeared to get his life back on track. His acting career took off, and just a few years ago he got his high school diploma from an alternative high school.