"The Glee Project" canceled by Oxygen

"The Glee Project" Oxygen

"The Glee Project" is no longer.

Oxygen announced Tuesday it would not be renewing the reality show for a third season, explaining in a statement: "'The Glee Project' will not be returning to Oxygen, but we are extremely proud of this series which launched the careers of several talented individuals. The show had so much heart and we thank Ryan Murphy and all of the creative talent who helped make the series a critical darling."

Network insiders told The Wrap that the death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith didn't affect the decision, as the call was made several weeks ago. Sources say not renewing the series came down to timing -- "Glee" didn't officially get the green light for another season until somewhat recently, leaving the fate of "The Glee Project" up in the air, with little time to plan.

"The Glee Project" -- a competition that found and trained performers as they competed for a role on "Glee" -- turned out quite a few singers who guest-starred on Fox's award-winning sitcom, including Damian McGinty, Samuel Larsen, Blake Jenner and Alex Newell. Ryan Murphy, creator of "Glee," executive produced "The Glee Project," alongside Dante Di Loreto.

Monteith, who starred on the Fox's "Glee" since 2009, died Saturday at age 31. Oxygen said, "Our condolences go out to Cory's family, friends and the cast and crew of 'Glee.'"

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