Teen Choice Award dedicated to late actor
LOS ANGELES, California - The Associated Press
Lea Michele (L) won Choice TV Actress in a comedy and dedicated the award to her late boyfriend Cory Monteith. AFP photoLea Michele made her first public appearance following the death of her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith at Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 11
Monteith, who co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards in 2010, was found dead July 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. An autopsy revealed the 31-year-old actor died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol. He and Michele played an on-again, off-again couple in the popular Fox series “Glee” and dated off-screen for about a year.
Michele won Choice TV Actress in a comedy for her role on “Glee” and took the stage to tearfully address the audience while wearing a necklace that said “Cory.”
“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 difficult past few weeks,” she said.
She dedicated the award to Monteith saying, “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.”
‘We come back’
“Glee” also won Choice TV Comedy and cast member Amber Reilly said, “Although we lost someone that we really love and that you guys love too we are very fortunate to come back to a show where we feel the love of family and Cory was like a brother to us.”
On the teal carpet prior to the show, another “Glee” star Naya Rivera, said it was therapeutic for the show’s cast to be together since Monteith’s death.
“It’s really good for us to be able to be all together and celebrate people loving what we do.”
There were also lighthearted, silly moments during the show, ripe for the screaming teens in the audience.
Ashton Kutcher received the Ultimate Choice Award. Actress Rebel Wilson used her time on stage winning the Choice Movie Actress Comedy award for “Pitch Perfect” to get vulgar.