Who does Lea Michele credit for making her offscreen romance with Cory Monteith possible? Ryan Murphy of course.

"Yes, I would definitely say he is my matchmaker for sure," the Glee star said last night at the PaleyFest Icon Award presentation in Beverly Hills.

Murphy says he saw the sparks flying right away between two.

"I directed them in their first scene together and they had that sort of chemistry that you can't fake, and I said, 'Uh-oh,'" Murphy recalled. "So I did kind of know. I take credit."

Michele and Monteith began dating at the beginning of 2012 after the actress split from her longtime boyfriend, Theo Stockman.

Also on hand at last night's event were Monteith, Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera, Darren Chris, Jayma Mays and Chord Overstreet as well as NeNe Leakes, Jayson Blair, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe and Dylan McDermott.

TV legend Norman Lear presented Murphy with the first PaleyFest Icon Award.

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