VIDEO: Lea Michele Accepts Award and Makes Heartfelt Speech at TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
At tonight's Teen Choice Awards, GLEE cast members made their first public appearance together since the tragic death of their co-star Cory Monteith, who died on July 13th as a result of an accidental drug overdose.
First, the cast of Glee was awarded the Choice TV Comedy Award, which featured the cast appearing, sans Lea Michele, where Kevin McHale accepted the award, followed by Amber Riley and Jenna Ushkowitz speaking and thanking fans for their support. Riley noted that, "We're very fortunate to come back to a show we love and Cory was like a brother to us and a dad and was always ready to take a picture or sign an autograph for fans. He loved his Gleeks." Then Ushkowitz spoke, noting, "We know that Cory wanted to dedicate this award to you guys. Our condolences to all of you as well."
Next, Lea Michele was presented with the award for Best TV Actress in a Comedy. Lea, her eyes filled with tears, accepted the award and said," Thank you guys. Thank you. I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and to tell everyone out there how much your love and support has meant to me over these past difficult few weeks. Thank you. Not that I had any doubt before, but you guys are most certainly the greatest fans in the world and I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory. For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I wanted to promise that with your love, we're going to get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart. So, whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson. He reached out and became a part of all of our hearts and that's where he'll stay forever. Thank you guys so much."