Matthew Morrison Planned to Exit Glee Before Cory Monteith’s Death

Renowned actor, Matthew Morrison, famously known for his role as teacher Will Schuester in the celebrated series Glee, had disclosed his initial intention to leave the show before his co-star, Cory Monteith’s tragic demise. These unexpected circumstances forced him to change his plans.

Morrison’s Discontent with Glee

Morrison shared on the And That’s What You REALLY Missed podcast that he was displeased with the show during its sixth season and the direction in which his character was headed. The actor, expressing his dissatisfaction, said, “In season 5, I asked to be off the show because I felt I wasn’t being utilized the way I intended to.”

Looking for New Opportunities

The American Horror Story star admitted he sought to venture into other projects and widen his acting horizon, especially in light of his success in Glee. Morrison expressed, alluding to no disrespect to the show that catapaulted his career, “I thought, ‘Maybe if I quit the show, I could embark on something else, like a movie.’ The producers agreed to this plan.”

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Tragic Turn of Events

However, the untimely death of Morrison’s Glee co-star, Cory Monteith, in 2013 flipped the entire plan on its head. The producers felt losing two leading actors at the same time would profoundly impact the show. Morrison recounted the incidents, “After Cory passed, I was informed they couldn’t proceed with the plan of exiting.”

Morrison’s Professionalism amid Grief

Morrison understood the producers’ perspective and continued with the show, also managing his personal grief after Monteith’s untimely departure. He confessed, “It was challenging to reconcile my personal ambitions with the grief of losing a wonderful friend. But I’m a professional – I showed up, I did my job, and the significant pay hike certainly helped.”

About Glee

Glee is a renowned series which aired from 2009 to 2015. The show portrayed the lives of a group of students who joined a glee club to escape the harsh realities of high school.

Wrapping Up

Despite the change in his professional plans, Matthew Morrison handled the circumstantial challenges with utmost professionalism and continued his journey on Glee. For more timely updates and in-depth reviews of your favourite shows and artists, visit HitPlay.

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