KEY POINTS

  • Murphy was speaking to Bethenny Frenkel as part of her podcast "Just B"
  • "Glee" showcased different musical genres by artistes of various generations
  • It also dealt with the issues of bullying, parental conflicts, etc

Ryan Murphy, one of the creators of the famous musical show "Glee," recently revealed how his life experiences influenced the making of the television series. 

A preview clip from Murphy's interview with television personality Bethenny Frenkel, which will premiere Tuesday, showed him talking about being a gay man in the 80s and 90s.

"When I was growing up, when I came of age sexually, it was 1981. It was right when AIDS began, so I went through, as a gay man, the entire AIDS crisis in the '80s and into the '90s—from '81 until '96 when the cocktail came about. And every day of my life, I thought, OK, well, this is it. I'm not going to make it," Murphy said.  

"A lot of this, I put into this television show I did [call "Glee"]," Murphy said in the clip of the podcast called "Just B", E! News reported.  

"Glee" has touched the lives of several people, especially young adults. Not only did the series showcase different musical genres by diverse artistes of various generations, it also tackled and addressed personal challenges or issues in society.

Various "Glee" episodes had dealt with the issues of being bullied, parental conflicts, hetero and same-sex relationships, and coming out, as part of the LGBTQIA community, to parents and friends. Addressing these diverse topics would not have been possible if not for the writers and creators of the show.

During the podcast, Murphy explained how the running theme of the show was embracing the idea of seizing the moment and also talked about how he felt he "was on borrowed time".

"Like, I always felt that there was an expiration stamp on my a**, and I've been to many shrinks to talk about it. And it's almost like I still have that fear that it's all going to be taken away the next day. So it's very ingrained with my work ethic, where I'm like, I get an opportunity to create," he said.

Back in 2018, Murphy had said he lost his way during "Glee’s" later seasons because of "fan social media stuff." However, the first and second seasons, which were his favorites, were different because he and the other writers created those for themselves and did not care what other people would think, he said, Digital Spy reported.

Murphy revealed how the memory of various rejections before finally getting a "yes" for his projects became his motivation.

"Glee" premiered in 2009 and ended in 2015, after running for six seasons.

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