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Before 'Glee' Season 5 Premiere, 'Glee Project' Nixed After Two Seasons; Could It Be Because of Cory Montieth's Death?

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In the aftermath of Cory Montieth's shocking death, Oxygen has cancelled its popular show, "The Glee Project." 

The decision to nix the reality competition series, which saw contestants battling it out for a spot on FOX's "Glee," was made several weeks ago, according to Entertainment Weekly

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Letting the show go after two seasons has nothing to do with Montieth's untimely passing, a source close to the show said to EW

"'The Glee Project' will not be returning to Oxygen, but we are extremely proud of this series which launched the careers of several talented individuals," a network rep said in a statement. "The show has so much heart and we thank Ryan Murphy ['Glee' co-creator] and all of the creative talent who helped make the series a critical darling."

Several actors including Alex Newell, Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty got their start on the show. Last season's winner, Blake Jenner, who recently proposed to co-star Melissa Benoist, won a seven-episode story arc on "Glee's" fourth season, but ended up appearing in more episodes and will be a series regular for season 5.

Montieth was also a series regular and a mentor for the Oxygen series' season two "Vulnerability" episode , according to Yahoo TV.

The reality show was a fan favorite, "I truly felt the groundbreaking series elevated the reality-TV singing show genre to an entirely artier level," wrote Yahoo TV reporter, Lyndsey Parker. "and even discovered some talent that put hopefuls on bigger singing shows to shame - including season 2's winner, breakout star Blake."

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