Glee star Cory Monteith has entered rehab for substance addiction.
The actor “has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.” his publicist has said
Monteith, 30, has been open about his past struggles with substance abuse. He admitted in a 2011 interview that he had previously entered rehab when he was 19.
At the time, the actor said he hoped being honest about his struggle with substance addiction would help others.
“I don’t want kids to think it’s okay to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too,” he said in 2011. “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.”
The remaining two episodes still to be filmed this season will be done without the actor.
The absence of Monteith’s character, McKinley High graduate Finn, will be explained to viewers.
“I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100 [percent],” Glee creator Ryan Murphy Tweeted Monday.
Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox TV, which produces the musical comedy, also released a statement of support for the actor: “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment. Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.”