Over the weekend it wasn’t just “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy who broke his silence on Cory Monteith’s death , but also Chord Overstreet, who opened up about his former co-star at a show in L.A. held Saturday afternoon.
A week after Monteith was found dead in Vancouver , Overstreet took the stage at the Roxy to dedicate Travis McCoy and Bruno Mars’ hit “Billionaire” to his co-star.
“I sang this with Kevin McHale and Cory Monteith. I love you buddy,” he told the concertgoers, who included co-stars McHale, Dianna Agron and Jenna Ushkowitz, according to Just Jared.
Backstage at the gig, where he also reportedly played an original tune in his honor as well, Overstreet sat down with E! News, remembering Monteith for his sense of humor. “He was the greatest dude you’d ever met. Never met anyone who said anything bad about him,” he said. “We’re all going through it. Everybody loved him…I spent more time with him than I have with anyone in my family in the last three or four years…We’re a family.”
A memorial for Monteith will reportedly be held at the Paramount lot in Los Angeles in the next week. Overstreet added, “If he’s out there watching, I would want him to look down and give me a high five.”
At Comic-Con that same day, Murphy addressed for the first time what the show’s plans are in the wake of Monteith’s death. The third episode of the new season will be dedicated to Monteith’s character, athlete-turned-Gleek Finn Hudson.
“You either deal with it head-on or you just disappear until January or February, and I think that’s not what people need right now from a position of leadership,” he said. “We decided that, but to reiterate it, I don’t want anything to feel rushed and I feel like that’s why the third episode we’re going to take a long hiatus so that people can continue to feel taken care of and just pause and get the help that they need and not feel like we have to be rushing back.”
The cast and crew will head back to work soon to shoot the first episodes of the season with the blessing of Monteith’s on-screen and off-screen girlfriend, Lea Michele. The show’s premiere date has been pushed to September 26, a week later than it was originally intended. Murphy added that after the tribute episode, which will be the third of the season, the cast and crew would take an extended break “to figure out the future of the show.”