In an Emmys telecast unusually preoccupied with memorials, so far, one tribute has stood out from the pack: Jane Lynch’s emotional celebration of her Glee costar Cory Monteith, who died of an accidental overdose on July 13. Watch Lynch’s touching speech here — and find a full transcript of it below.
It is remarkable and perhaps a little curious how fast TV shows become like families. This summer, on our show Glee, we suffered a painful death in our family. Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson, a star quarterback, turned wide-eyed, heartfelt Glee singer. And from the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and a genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. And millions did fall in love with Cory, and I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality that we love in Cory, it was no act. Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to, his death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. Tonight we remember Cory for all he was, and mourn the loss of all he could have been. To a generation that loved Cory so, please know, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love. And if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness firsthand Cory’s goofy, breezy sense of humor, his natural instinct for inclusiveness, and his unbridled sense of generosity day in and day out, I promise, you’d have loved him even more.