We all know the story. When Chris Colfer auditioned for Glee, the role of Kurt didn’t exist. In fact, in the original script, there is a character called “Rajeesh” who has largely the same lines in the pilot as Kurt. So they swapped one character for another. Of course, we know nothing about Rajeesh, because his character never made it as far as the Pilot. But then Chris Colfer happened, which I’m pretty sure will become some kind of pop culture catch phrase soon.
Because when he auditioned, the writers/creators/powersthatbe were so impressed with him that they wrote a new character, called Kurt.
Now, just for one moment, imagine Glee without Kurt. It’s impossible to guess, really, what way the show would have gone. Could it have been an entire season of Finn/Rachel and Puck/Quinn baby drama? And what of season 2? Will and Holly? Sue divorcing herself? Kill me now.
As it is, Glee is known widely as the gayest show on television. Not only do the characters sing and dance a lot, but the entire first two seasons have been at least somewhat focused on powerful gay storylines. In season one, Kurt struggles with coming out to his friends and his father. In season 2, there’s a bullying arc that engulfs much of the first half of the season and we get some squee-worthy gay romance towards the end of the season (not to mention Santana, Brittany and Karofsky giving plenty of burgeoning queer stories for season 3 fodder). Oh, and Rachel has gay dads. It’s all so gay.
For me, the most difficult episode I’ve had to do is the “Prom Queen” episode, when Kurt was crowned prom queen. Just picture me in my bed at home, reading the script, not expecting Kurt to be crowned prom queen, and I read that he’s in a kilt and tiara, dancing to “Dancing Queen.” I was like, “No, this cannot happen.” I was so concerned they were just pushing it way too much, because Kurt has been so helpful and progressive for some people, and I was afraid this would damage that—it was just too, too much. But they assured me it would be done in a great way. Originally it was written that Kurt was persuaded by his boyfriend to go back in and accept the crown. But I asked them, “Please let Kurt do that for himself and not be persuaded by a second party.” And they changed it for me, and it did turn out to be a beautiful episode. I was so wrong.
Chris Colfer talks to Backstage.com
One of the least irritating things about “Prom Queen” (an episode I was quite conflicted about) was the massive character and relationship development that happened in the darkened hallways of McKinley High during prom. Kurt decided he would be true to himself and stand up to show the bullies that there was no way to keep him down. And his boyfriend sat, and listened, gave him options and supported him. It was good, in character, inspiring and of course it wasn’t in the original script.
Whatever about not having Kurt in the show. Glee is better for having Chris Colfer hanging around, for whatever reason.