Lea Michele Tearful Tribute To Cory Monteith At Teen Choice Awards: 'He Was Very Special To Me'
Lea Michele took to the stage at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards to accept the award for Choice TV Actress Comedy, and dedicated it to her late boyfriend and Glee costar Cory Monteith
After Michele was announced as the winner, she walked out onto the stage to receive the award from fellow Glee star Darren Criss and had cast members Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale and Amber Riley right behind her as she began her acceptance speech.
"I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory, for all you out there that loved and admired Cory as much as I did. I promise that with your love, we're going to get through this together," Michele said. "He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent. I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you. And tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me, over these very past difficult few weeks.”
Michele spoke slowly and steadily while remembering Monteith, though unable to hold back tears as she continued. "So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson,” she continued, choking up. “Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts and that's where he'll stay forever. Although we lost someone that we really love, and that all of you guys loved too.”
After Michele finished her moving tribute, Riley added, “We are very fortunate to come back to a show where we feel the love of family. And Cory was like a brother to us.”
Earlier in the night, Glee won the award for Choice TV Comedy. The cast, sans Michele, accepted the award and collectively paid tribute to Monteith.
Glee’s fifth season will premiere on Sept. 26 with part 1 of a two part Beatles tribute. The third episode of the season, which will air Oct. 10, will focus on drug addiction be a tribute to Monteith and his character Finn Hudson.
– Chelsea Regan
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