Kevin McHale: ‘Glee’ Never “Came Back” From Cory Monteith’s Death (VIDEO)
Kevin McHale says “Glee” never “came back” from Cory Monteith’s death in a candid new interview about the show’s demise. Watch below.
As Gossip Cop reported, “Glee” ended in March after six seasons. The show was a critical and ratings success in its early years, but both content quality and viewers dropped off in the later seasons. And following Monteith’s shocking death from an accidental drug overdose in 2013, creator Ryan Murphy admitted he had to change how he had envisioned the series finale.
During an appearance on “The HuffPost Show,“ McHale was asked when the show “jumped the shark,” and while he initially hesitated, the actor went on to give a really honest response. “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,” he replied.
McHale continued, “It wasn’t for a lack of trying, but the story was going in one direction with his character and he was one of two main characters of the show. So, I think after that, the vibe on set is different.” He explained, “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 know what I what have done because I was like, ‘I don’t really even want to be here,’ never mind having to think of stories revolving around these characters anymore.”
McHale was also asked about a possible spinoff, prompting him to self-deprecatingly say, “Towards the end, there weren’t that many people watching ‘Glee.’ So I don’t know how many people would then watch a spinoff. We’re off the air for a reason.” NOTE: The video of McHale talking about Monteith is no longer available.