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07/25/2013 06:19 pm ET Updated Jul 26, 2013

'Glee' Holds Cory Monteith Memorial For Cast And Crew

The cast and crew of "Glee" gathered for a memorial to honor Cory Monteith.

Monteith died on July 13 after overdosing on a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol.

"Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of 'Glee,' along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith," 20th Century Fox said in a statement. "We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time."

Fox has delayed the premiere of "Glee" a week to allow production time to adjust storylines. The first two episodes of "Glee" Season 5 will be a Beatles tribute with the third episode planned to be a tribute to Monteith and his character Finn Hudson. Monteith had played Finn Hudson since the show's start.

Murphy, a co-creator of "Glee," said they considered ending the show all together in the wake of Monteith's death. Murphy said the decision was Lea Michele's to make. Michele was Monteith's on-screen and off-screen girlfriend.

"If Lea had said to me, 'I could never do this again and I don't want to do this again,' you know, she is sort of the show, so what do you do? And I would've, out of respect to her as a person, said 'OK,' but that's not how Lea operates; that's not how she feels," Murphy told E! Online. "She's handled this with so much humanity and grace and she's also handled this in a way where she's trying to look out for 500 other people affected by him and who have mortgages to pay and families to feed. That was never on the table for her and I said, 'OK.' Nothing has been done and will be done in terms of any of the material without Lea blessing it and making sure it's OK with her -- and she has been."

"Glee" Season 5 premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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