July 30, 2014 1:22 pm
Updated: July 30, 2014 1:30 pm

WATCH: Jane Lynch reflects on Cory Monteith, coming out


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TORONTO — Jane Lynch remembered Canadian actor and Glee co-star Cory Monteith on Wednesday as a “really nice man” who was grateful for the success he had.

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“We don’t forget him,” Lynch said during an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show. “He was such a big part of this show and he was one of those guys who knew that we were breathing rarefied air. He really knew that this show was something special.”

Monteith died in July 2013 of an overdose in Vancouver. He was 31.

“He’s a little older than the other kids so we kind of bonded on that,” said Lynch, 54. “He was extremely grateful for this show and he knew what he had and he really lived every day. He was a really nice man.”

(Later, on Global’s News at Noon, Lynch said: “We miss him terribly. He was such a mensch.”)

Lately, it seems like Lynch is everywhere. The Emmy-nominated host of Hollywood Game Night recently finished a run in the Broadway production of Annie and is about to start work on the final season of Glee.

But, Lynch insisted she doesn’t feel overworked.

“It’s funny, I have a lot of free time,” Lynch said. “Those things don’t take a lot of time so give me more!”

Jane Lynch

That “more” is a faux-PSA Lynch did for a condition called “noseblindness,” created for Febreze by Funny Or Die.

Lynch said she was a fan of the odour eliminator before being asked to promote it.

“I’ve been using Febreze forever and I Febreze everything,” she said. “I’m kind of a fanatic about how things smell.”

Lynch conceded that her career certainly hasn’t suffered since she came out as gay.

“Times are different now and one of the reasons that I was able to kind of waltz down the path I’m walking now, which is being honest about who I am and not hiding, is because of people like Melissa Etheridge and Ellen DeGeneres,” she said, “and the people who came out when it wasn’t the cool thing to do and the people who actually took a risk at saying ‘this is who I am.’

“I’m very grateful for that.”

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