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Cory Monteith and Matthew Morrison on NeNe Leakes and Michael Jackson — Wetpaint Exclusive!

Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) may be a HUGE fan of the Real Housewives, but a couple of her Glee co-stars seem a bit less engaged with the franchise. Wetpaint Entertainment ran into Cory Monteith (Finn) and Matthew Morrison (Will) at the Fox party at the Television Critics Association gathering earlier this month.

Asked about the still-to-come storyline with Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, Matthew admitted that when he first heard about it, “I didn’t know who NeNe was. I don’t watch reality TV.”

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After we pretty much fell on the floor at that revelation, Matthew politely waited for us to get up before continuing, “The kids really wanted her to be on. Everyone was so excited. I’ve yet to meet her, but I hear she’s great. She plays an arch-nemesis of Sue Sylvester. They’re both coaches.”

Cory, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to talk about tonight's Michael Jackson tribute episode. “You can’t have grown up in the 1980s like I did without Michael Jackson being a large part of what your musical life was,” he said.

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Cory says the first Michael Jackson song to make an impression on him was “Bad” — a song that will be covered by the New Directions and the Warblers in the upcoming episode. “I still remember seeing the music video,” said Cory, “it just floored me because it was so awesome.”

As for his second favorite number of the entire season so far? That would be the Michael Jackson duet he just filmed with Lea: “I can’t tell you what it was. I wish I could. It’s incredible.” (Lucky for us, we already have have the leaked set list!)

Matthew Morrison was equally enthusiastic about the upcoming MJ episode: “This is my favorite tribute episode. I wasn’t that into Madonna or Britney Spears. This tribute was awesome.”

So what is Matthew’s favorite MJ song? That would the Michael classic, “Beat It.” “It was popular when I was in elementary school. It was a great song, and it brought me to the Michael Jackson world.”

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01.31.2012 / 09:30 PM EDT by Wetpaint Staff
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