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07/20/2013 03:22 pm ET Updated Jul 21, 2013

Ryan Murphy On Cory Monteith: 'Glee' Creator Talks Moving On From Tragedy, Tribute Episode

Less than a week after the shocking death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith, series creator Ryan Murphy is still struggling to deal with the tragedy while working on an episode that will deal with the death of Monteith's character Finn.

On Friday it was announced that the "Glee" Season 5 premiere has been pushed back to September 26, a week later than it was originally scheduled for, and Murphy is finally opening up about how the cast and crew are dealing with the tragedy.

“When you’re faced with something so sad and so shocking, what do you do? Do we cancel the show? Do we start shooting in January? What we do?” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Ultimately, we decided the best thing for everyone is to get back to work and be around people that knew him and loved him so that everyone can grieve together.”

Monteith's death on July 13 in Vancouver -- later determined to have been caused by a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol -- left fans questioning how Finn's death would be handled, and Murphy told Deadline it hasn't been an easy process.

"I don’t know how to write about the death of someone I love," Murphy said. "[Lea Michele] wanted people to be together. She and Cory were the young leads of that show, the A story. Lea has been a leader all through this difficult process."

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