It's always mixed news when word gets out that a celebrity has entered rehab for substance abuse. On one hand, it's bad news, as it means there was evidently a problem. But on the other hand, at least they're getting the help they need, and hopefully some treatment will get them back on track. Such is the case for Glee's Cory Monteith, who reportedly entered rehab for substance abuse addiction. The news of the celebrity's choice to check into rehab was confirmed this weekend, and apparently it will affect his character on the Fox musical dramedy.
Deadline reports that Monteith, who plays Finn on Glee, will be absent for the last two episodes of the series' fourth season. The site says Glee's final two episodes of the season will shoot as scheduled and Finn's sudden absence will be explained. From the statement from 20th Century Fox TV (Glee's producer), it sounds like his status on the series going forward is secure, or as secure as it was prior to this situation.
"Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment. Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return."
Supportive words from 20th Century Fox TV are certainly a good sign, lest anyone worry that his unplanned exit from the series be a permanent one.
Monteith's character, Finn, actually graduated last year, but the series has managed to keep him around, along with some of the other William McKinley High School alumni. These days, Finn's had some tension with Mr. Schu after he kissed his former teacher's fiancé. He also got involved in Rachel's love life when he learned that her NYC boyfriend was moonlighting as a gigolo. Yes, major drama. It's possible Finn's absence from the last two episodes of the season will tie into either of those story arcs, but there are three episodes between now and then, with "Shooting Star" scheduled to air April 11, so there may be additional set-up to whatever explanation the writers land on to explain Finn's absence.
In the meantime, our thoughts go out to Monteith that his trip to rehab is successful.