Lea Michele Doesn't Need to See 'Glee' Cory Monteith Tribute Episode

lea michele with ryan murphy and glee colleaguesGleeks better be getting those tissues ready, because there's just one day until Glee airs its highly anticipated Cory Monteith tribute episode. As you can imagine, emotions are running high as cast and crew prepare to see the labor of love shared with audiences. Knowing this, Ryan Murphy made a point to bring everyone together, a source tells HollywoodLife.com.

“He wanted to be around Lea, with other people that love her to make sure she is handling everything OK, because emotions are going to reopen this week. Plus they haven’t seen each other since the filming of the episode ended as they are on a hiatus,” the insider explained. And although Lea obviously has her colleagues' support -- which is amazing! -- she will most likely not watch the tribute episode, a source close to the actress revealed.


"Lea most likely is going to skip watching the tribute episode as she will be way too emotional. She feels that she lived it and doesn’t need to continue to open the wounds of her heart by watching it. She is very proud of it but it is extremely sad thinking about it," the insider explained.

Ugh. So sad, but completely understandable. She must feel like she put it all out there when they filmed (as Ryan Murphy told The Wrap recently, "Almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance, because the actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it."), and it would be too painful to experience it again by watching it back. We can only hope she's made some progress moving on, handling her emotions, grieving healthfully. For her to have to sit through what's sure to be a gut-wrenching hour of footage is just unnecessary.

That said, we can be grateful to hear she's able to lean on Ryan and her Glee family now, because even if she steers clear of the TV tomorrow night, the buzz around this episode -- and all the emotions it is drudging up even before airing -- must be nearly impossible to avoid.

How do you feel about Lea likely opting out of watching the tribute episode?

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