The "i-before-e" rule doesn't always apply. Glee fans were not happy with the Grammys In Memoriam tribute on Sunday, Jan. 26. While producers remembered to include actor/singer Cory Monteith, who died at age 31 last July, they didn't remember to spell-check his name.
What should have been a poignant moment to honor the beloved star turned sour when viewers noticed that Monteith's last name had been misspelled "Montieth." The mistake was quickly pointed out by angry Gleeks on Twitter, who criticized the faux pas as disrespectful to his memory.
One fan tweeted: "Dear Recording Academy, it's 2014 & no one has spell check? His name is Cory MONTEITH!!! Fire the fact check clerk!"
Another wrote: "GREAT JOB SPELLING CORY'S NAME WRONG IN HIS TRIBUTE LAST NIGHT. #youshouldbeashamed"
Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on Fox's hit musical series, was found dead in July 2013 of drug and alcohol toxicity. Glee honored his memory in a special episode in October, and according to 100th episode director Paris Barclay, another special tribute is on the way.
"I don't think it could go much farther without continuing to talk about how that hurts," Barclay told Us Weekly exclusively at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Awards. "There is so much feeling there and it affected the Glee family in such a profound way, and you can expect it to be dealt with in the 100th episode. It definitely comes back and is dealt with in a significant way."