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Glee to end next season, ending will change after Monteith's death

Co-creator Ryan Murphy said the sixth season of "Glee" would be the last.

By Gabrielle Levy
Glee to end next season, ending will change after Monteith's death
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(UPI) -- "Glee" will wrap after next season, its sixth, the show's co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed Wednesday.

Murphy said the death of actor Cory Monteith, who played Finn, will continue to have an effect on the show's direction, even though it will mean rewriting the ending he had planned for the series.

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“The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story,” Murphy told reporters at a Paley Center event for FX Networks, which airs Murphy's other show, "American Horror Story."

“I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was -- he was in it," Murphy explained. "I knew what the last line was -- she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now."

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Last week, just after a tribute episode dealt with the death of both the character and the actor who played him, Murphy told reporters they show would continue to deal with Finn's death through the rest of its run.

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"I just made a decision: we keep mentioning Finn," he said at the premiere of "American Horror Story: Coven". "We don't just say this is done and we're never going to go back to it. It resonates throughout the year."

"It's very hard, but this show is about overcoming adversity, charging ahead no matter what, and expressing your feelings through song and humor, so we're going to keep doing that," he continued. "What choice do we have? We could stop but nobody wants to stop. I'm not stopping for that. We just miss him every day."

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