Naya Rivera Issues Statement on Cory Monteith, Requests Privacy for Cast

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For the first time since Cory Monteith's passing, a key cast member has spoken out on the actor's shocking death.

"The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend," Naya Rivera said in a statement today, adding:

"He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory's family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone's well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated."

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Lea Michele released a brief statement through her rep yesterday, while various other co-stars have expressed their shock and sadness via Twitter.

Rivera and Monteith shared many memorable scenes throughout the show's first four seasons, including such collaborative covers as "Like a Virgin" and "The Scientist."

A source close to the set tells E! News, meanwhile, that everyone is simply in shock and it's "too soon" to have any idea how Monteith's dealt with be dealt with on Glee Season 5.

The issue pales in comparison to real-life issues, but it will need to be addressed at some point soon. What do you think the show should do about Finn?

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Finn should be killed off... let the cast and the fans grieve and write it in the same way they wrote the school shooting... with class compassion and a real take on the subject.


Yeah, maybe send Finn away to college for a while, have Rachel single for some time, focusing on her broadway career, and then for the series final episodes, when every one has had time to heal, recast the role to reunite Finchel and finish off on the good note they deserve.


Cory will be missed so much but I think they should ask lea if it will be alright to re-cast someone to play Finn so you can finished Rachel and Finn story line endgame.


I can´t even imagine to watch Glee again... :(


No way they can recast Finn,how would Lea feel about acting out scenes with someone else calling him Finn and inside knowing who should be playing the role. Killing him off straight away will be to difficult for the cast to deal with I would have thought. If it was up to me I would send him to a college far away to qualify as a teacher or back to the army


Cory will definitely be missed and i agree that they should have him go back to the army and send him off a hero


Such a sad story,my heart goes out to anyone that grieves this loss....
I don't know what they should do... Killing Finn off seems very harsh, imagine how Lea and the rest of the cast would feel, having to act out his death and all. And how could they do a good job, with closure for Rachel and all without any additional Cory scenes?
And writing him off would make no sense, because we all know Finchel is endgame, and Finn would never give up on Rachel, and vice versa. And again, can't have closure if there's no actor...
Recasting him... I don't know, I think it's their best way to go if they want to keep the show going, but how could they find anyone to replace Cory??? Honestly, maybe they should just cancel the show. Perhaps release the scripts they've got for the fans, and tell us how the rest of the series was gonna pan out... Thoughts?


Glee should be cancelled.


Cory will be sadly missed and i don't think they should kill off the character Finn.I think they also shouldn't recast him because there is know one who can sing , act or dance as good as him. God bless. xxx xxx


I don't think they should kill finn off that's too insensitive my daughter and myself can't believe that corys gone we will miss him so much he was a valued member of the cast .we love you cory and we won't forget you .love rebecca b and lisa m xx

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