"Glee" to address Cory Monteith's death on screen

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith in a scene from "Glee."
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Cory Monteith's "Glee" character, Finn Hudson, will be written out of the show during the third episode of this upcoming season, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told reporters Thursday.

"That is the episode where Cory's character will be written off and will deal directly with drug addiction and with the circumstances surrounding Cory's death," he said, according to Deadline.

Reilly did not say whether Finn's death would be caused by drugs, but added that the episode will feature public service announcements about drug addiction by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and members of the show's cast.

Additionally, proceeds from the music sold from that episode will go directly to starting a fund in the late actor's name.

Monteith died on July 13 from a mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol. He was 31.

Following his death, Fox pushed the fifth season premiere of "Glee" back a week, to Sept. 26.

Reilly also told reporters that the show will likely end its run after season 6. "I would not anticipate it goes beyond two more seasons," he said, per Entertainment Weekly. "Never say never, but there's two very clear [story] arcs to get to that end and conclude. If we discover a new crop of kids and there's some breakout we like ... [but] right now, we're thinking two seasons."