‘Glee’ left us with a ton of positive memories, but it wasn’t all glee. Creator Ryan Murphy got candid in a new interview revealing a different side of the show, calling it both ‘the best time’ and ‘the worst time’ in his life. Plus, he revealed his last exchange with Cory Monteith.
“It was the best time in my life and the worst time in my life. There was a lot of infighting. There was a lot of people sleeping together and breaking up,” Ryan Murphy told Entertainment Weekly in their new issue. He revealed that while was good “training for being a parent,” he did make a mistake with the Glee cast.
“We all got too personal. We loved it so much that we would all go out to dinner and we’d hang out and we were always together, so there was no delineation between who was the boss and who was the employee,” he said. “And we were all so close that finally when something would happen, it would be so personal to me that I would literally hit the roof.”
Of course, Ryan also revealed what happened when he found out Cory Monteith was struggling with addiction — he actually helped him into rehab. Unfortunately, he passed away from an overdose in July 2013. “The last thing he said [to me] was ‘I love you, man, and thank you for helping me get better.’ And then the next thing I knew he was dead. It was like losing a child,” Ryan revealed about their last interaction, which took place when Cory and Lea Michele came to visit him on The Normal Heart set.
Lea also spoke to the magazine adding that Ryan was one of the first peoples he called when Cory passed. “When Cory was alive, Ryan was very helpful in trying to get him well and healthy but, when that day did come, Ryan did take charge, and he helped me more than I can ever explain,” she said, before adding that Ryan even offered to end the show if she couldn’t go on.
“He completely cared for me. He made sure I was okay every single day, whether it was coming over to his house and having dinner prepared for me, or making sure I was okay at work. He sat me down and said, ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to continue the show? Do you want it to end?’ I just said, ‘I just want to go back to work.’ His heart is bigger than I think he knows what to do with sometimes.”