Cory Monteith's Emmys Honor Isn't Appreciated by Everyone

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Cory MonteithCory Monteith will be honored at tonight's Emmy Awards, and while you would think this would be a given and all-around thumbs up decision, apparently it is causing some controversy. The in memoriam honors will include not only Cory but James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters, Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg, and Jean Stapleton. Unfortunately this left out TV legend Jack Klugman, famous for The Odd Couple and Quincy. And Jack's son, Adam, is furious about it, telling the Hollywood Reporter: "I think it's criminal."

Adam feels like the Emmys are dissing his father solely to try and spike ratings. He said:

I don't mean to say anything disparaging about Cory, but he was a kid who had won no Emmys and it was a self-induced tragedy.

I agree that between Cory and Jack, Jack should be honored. I have no idea why they can't just honor the both of them. Take out some stupid joke routine. Jack should definitely be remembered at the ceremony.

However, Cory shouldn't necessarily be cut out. The reality is that the Emmys won't exist if people don't watch it, and if producers think that his honor will draw a younger crowd who will keep ratings up, then that is just the reality of the business. No one ever said show business was easy, fair, or soft-hearted.

Emmys spokesperson Ken Ehrlich defended Cory, saying:

No matter what we do, there will be people who feel we had other options and could have done other things.

As TMZ points out, Larry Hagman, star of Dallas, is also being overlooked.

Perhaps so, but Jack Klugman, a TV legend, does seem like a huge oversight. It's too bad they couldn't have found something else to cut. At the end of the day, I think Larry and Jack would have understood the need for ratings better than anyone. And Adam should take comfort in the fact that Jack will be remembered for a very long time, by many people.

Do you think Cory deserves to be honored over Jack?


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bills... billsfan1104

Not one person has said the Cory should be cut out. What is wrong is that they are doing a special tribute to him. He died at his own hands. It's sad, but the other actors need to be honored.

D.j. Lord

hagman and klugman left out for a guy who was around two or three years in one show....welcome to the five minute world we live in...if it didnt happen five minutes ago just forget it...and the whiners at the stir trying to use logic and bizness reality when it suits them...funny

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

And this is what is wrong with the world today. Let's honor some irresponsible druggie who was on a stupid show that people will be making fun of once the stupid fad wears off.

Teresa Daniel Sigler

Leaving out Jack Klugman?  Are you serious?  Dr. Quincy?  SHAMEFUL!  CORY needs to be remembered on GLEE and maybe a photo of him on the Emmys and that is it!  All the other actors need longer rememberences including Jack Klugman.  To Mr. Klugmans family, I am so sorry.  He was a wonderful actor. Funny and I loved Quincy, MD.  Never missed it. My favorite show was the one on the boat.  I am going to look it up and watch it again in honor of him.  He was a great actor and on The Odd Couple.   

nonmember avatar Lala

Maybe they will honor them( Hagman and Klugman) at the Oscars or something?! Hopefully!

Freela Freela

They could honour them all by listing their names and having a moment of silence for them.  To me, anything more than that is an exploitation of a death for ratings, which I think is just as bad as declining to mention someone.  Face it, the tribute to Cory Moteith is likely less about honouring him and more about cashing in ratings-wise on a recent death that got media attention.

2rcom4t 2rcom4t

They could have left out that whole Opening, that was a REAL waste of time

mrspease mrspease

So a guy who more or less killed himself not only gets an ENTIRE eposide of his show dedicated to him, he also gets one of the 6 memorial slots instead of two guys who actually deserve it? Hmmmm, a guy who sang and danced around for a couple of seasons or the baddest TV villian of all time, Larry Hagman? A guy who hasn't done much for Primetime tv or Dr. Quincy? Completely ridiculous.

nonmember avatar emmy r

Honoring the actor, not the addiction.

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