Cory Monteith Talks About Heaven on ‘Inside the Actors Studio’

When Cory Monteith appeared on Inside the Actors Studio along with some of his Glee family back 2012, host James Lipton asked the actor one of his most famous questions: “If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?”

Now in the wake of Monteith’s untimely passing over the weekend, Lipton is remembering how Monteith responded.

“Cory’s God said, ‘Uh, sorry I haven’t been around. There’s a good explanation,'” the host said in a statement released by Bravo Monday. “I certainly hope there is. We needed Cory’s gifts.”

The cable network will pay tribute to Monteith by re-airing his appearance on the award-winning series — which was alongside Glee creator Ryan Murphy, fellow series stars Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and his on-screen-turned-real-life love, Lea Michele — on Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m, and again on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m.

“When I appeared as myself on Glee,” Lipton said in the statement, “I auditioned Cory’s character, Finn, for the Actors Studio Drama School — and rejected him. That’s the way Ryan Murphy wrote it. I would have admitted him — in a New York minute.”

Monteith, 31, who played heartthrob Finn Hudson on the Fox hit, was found dead in a room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday. Monteith had long suffered from substance addiction, most recently seeking treatment in April.

No official cause of death has been determined, but foul play has been ruled out. The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed an autopsy and toxicology testing has taken place Monday, but results are not expected to be available for several days at the earliest. Both are necessary to determine the cause and classification of Monteith’s death.