It was the one extended “In Memoriam” tribute that many were talking about in the lead up to last night’s 65th
Emmy Awards and the one that for many of the younger generations were bracing themselves to get through. During Sunday’s award ceremony Jane Lynch paid tribute to her Glee
co-star Cory Monteith as Gleeks prepare to begin the new season without their leading man.
While his inclusion in the extended tributes split opinion
, and Lynch tactfully addressed those concerns, no one can deny that her heartfelt tribute was worthy of a man that many looked up to for his honesty, his generosity and how he inspired everyone he touched. Describing Cory as a “beautiful soul” who “was not perfect”, but was a “gifted and wonderful young mean [who] was worthy of your love”. Lynch reminded everyone that, “tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss of all he could have been” and that is the real tragedy of his death.
In the lead up to the Awards ceremony, Lynch spoke to People
about how she and Cory’s on-and- scree girlfriend, Lea Michele were coping just over two and half months after Cory’s death in Vancouver. Lynch discussed how dealing with the loss is an ongoing struggle and that “grieving comes in waves”.
Lynch added: "Every day that I go to work, I walk past his trailer, and every time I look at a call sheet I see that his name is not on there. Every time I do a scene with the kids I realize that he's not there, so you're reminded in every moment. It's hard, and it feels like such a waste."
However, no matter how difficult she is finding the loss, she revealed that it has been “brutal” for Michele and how she has coped with the tragedy has been admirable. "I know it's just been brutal for her. I never lost a boyfriend when I was 26 years old. I can't tell her what her experience is. She's a champion, and she is a rock star, and she is getting through this."
’s season 5 premiere airs this Thursday on Fox with the Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson tribute episode, which Lynch describe as being “great for the fans… so everybody can grieve together”, screening on October 10.