'Glee' Star Lea Michele's Latest Comments About Returning to Set are Heart-Wrenching

With Glee's Cory Monteith tribute episode set to air Thursday (and thus, cause a potential nationwide flash flood due to ALL OF OUR TEARS), star Lea Michele is finally breaking her silence about her decision to return to Glee after her co-star and boyfriend's untimely death. Speaking to TV Week Australia, Michele explained how it felt to shoot Monteith's upcoming memorial episode, and how it feels to be back on set without Monteith around.

"For me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn," Michele told the magazine. "We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic."

As for how it feels to be back at work without Monteith, Michele doesn't deny it's hard, but comments that everyday life is just as difficult. "Everyone is asking: ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?’, but the truth is it’s no harder at work than it is in life, so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together."

Glee's tribute episode for Monteith, "The Quarterback," is set to air Thursday on Fox at 9 p.m.