(LOS ANGELES) — Glee actor Cory Monteith will not appear in the final two episodes of the Fox show’s current season, as he seeks treatment for substance addiction.
Deadline.com reports that the absence of Monteith’s character, Finn, in those episodes will be explained. The episodes have yet to be shot.
A statement obtained by Deadline from 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the musical dramedy, reads, “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment.”
The statement adds, “Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.”
After Monteith’s rep revealed Sunday night that the actor had checked into rehab, Monteith’s girlfriend, Glee co-star Lea Michele, released a statement of support. A number of other actors from the show have since followed suit on Twitter. Here’s a sample:
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