Did Emmys Cory Monteith Tribute Misfire?
Emmys: Cory Monteith Remembered by Jane Lynch – He Was ‘a Beautiful Soul’ (Video)
The 2013 Emmy Awards faced quite a bit of backlash by choosing to include late "Glee" star Cory Monteith in one of five extended "In Memoriam" tributes.
Monteith, who only had one major TV credit, was the only member of the quintet never nominated for an Emmy; the others were all Emmy winners — James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters, and Gary David Goldberg.
"Glee" co-star Jane Lynch delivered the extended eulogy for the young star who died of a drug overdose in July. "Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction."
But however moving her words were, many felt that he didn't deserved an extended eulogy.
Last week, the son of "Odd Couple" actor Jack Klugman blasted the television academy for its plans to honor Monteith with an extended tribute, instead of a three-time winner like Klugman.
"They're celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys... Cory Monteith never won an Emmy," Adam Klugman told the Los Angeles Times.
Emmy producers defended the special memorial. "It was a rather personal choice, but Cory's appeal was to maybe a little different generation than some of the others we're honoring," said telecast producer Ken Ehrlich. "We felt it needed to be represented, that at 31, he passed away under very tragic circumstances."
Reaction to the tribute was mixed. Deadline described the live audience's applause as "tepid." On Twitter, Monteith's "Glee" colleagues described it as "beautiful." Fans loved the heartwarming moment. But many members of the media felt other recently-deceased stars deserved their own special "In Memoriam" packages, as well:
Considering the length of the special tributes, the Emmys could have...and should have...done the same for Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman.— Marc Berman (@marcberman) September 23, 2013
This extended CBS promo was definitely more important than a tribute to Larry Hagman or Jack Klugman. #Emmys— Meredith Blake (@MeredithBlake) September 23, 2013
Instead, Hagman and Klugman were shown briefly in the general "In Memoriam" montage.
There were other snubs from the general package, as well, including author Elmore Leonard (whose TV credits included "Justified"), "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly, and TV personality Dr. Joyce Brothers (here are other TV stars we've lost this year):
Ummm why was Lisa Robin Kelly not mentioned in the memoriam? That's just wrong— Stephanie LoFurno (@sWeEtStEpH23) September 23, 2013