Calling his performance a warm-up act for Michele, Criss described the show’s Rachel Berry as “charismatic” and “beautiful,” and summed up by saying, “I’m one of her biggest fans and I cry every time she sings on the show.”

We can all remember the best parts of him.

I always thought that when I, uh… How do parents go on when they lose a child? You know, when I would see that stuff on the news, I’d shut it off, ‘cause it was just too horrible to think, but I would always think: how do they wake up every day? I mean, how do they breathe? But you do wake up. And for just a second, you forget. And then… oh, you remember. And it’s like getting that call again… and again, every time. You don’t get to stop waking up. 

He was our quarterback…


i’m so proud of this cast

i’m so proud of this fandom

i’m so proud of lea

i’m so proud that we had cory for as long as we did


What really gets to me is that she had no obligation to do this. I mean, we’d all understand if she didn’t want to give a speech. She had every right. Yet, even though you could see she was nervous, even though you could see this was so very hard for her, she made sure she went out there not to talk about her and her suffering but to comfort us and to honor Cory. I honestly am out of words to express how much I admire this woman.  


Lea’s speech.. I’ve rewatched it so many times and cried at every single one. I can’t even begin to express how much I love and admire this woman. So proud of her and so proud to be her fan.

“Thank you guys. Thank you. I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me over these very 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 promise that with your love we’re gonna 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, Cory reached out, and he became a part of all of our hearts, and that’s where he’ll stay forever, so thank you guys so much. Thank you.”

Lea Michele accepting her teen choice award