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‘Glee’ star Kevin McHale says Cory Monteith’s death doomed the show

According to Kevin McHale, who starred as Artie Abrams on “Glee,” the show “never came back” after the untimely drug overdose death of co-star Cory Monteith in 2013. In a new interview on “The HuffPost Show,” McHale was asked when he thought the show “jumped the shark,” and he admitted, “I will say, not to bring it down or anything, when Cory Monteith died, I don’t think the show ever came back from that.

“It wasn’t for a lack of trying, but the story was going in one direction with his character and he was one of two main characters of the show. So, I think after that, the vibe on the set is different. It was just weird for us being there, never mind actually having to be filming.”

Asked about a possible spinoff, McHale threw cold water on that, noting the series’ significant dropoff in viewership for its later seasons.

“Towards the end, there weren’t that many people watching ‘Glee.’ So I don’t know how many people when then watch a spinoff. We’re off the air for a reason.”

“Glee” ended its six-season run on the Fox network in March.