“This summer, on our show Glee, we suffered a painful death in our family,” said Lynch. “Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson, a star quarterback turned wide-eyed, heartfelt glee singer. And from the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and a genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him.”
Glee returns for a fifth season this Thursday (September 26). The third episode of the season, titled “The Quarterback” and airing on October 10, will deal with the death of Monteith and his character Finn Hudson.
Watch Jane Lynch’s full tribute speech about Cory Monteith above.