Jack Klugman’s son, Adam Klugman, called Cory Monteith’s Emmy tribute nothing more than a ploy to get “a younger generation of viewers to watch” the show.
"They're celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy [referring to Monteith’s overdose] instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys.... Cory Monteith never won an Emmy,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press yesterday.
However, McGregor told TMZ today that she believes Klugman is being unfair.
She feels that how worthy a person is should not be based solely on age, and that her son was “on a path of greatness – not only with his acting and singing abilities – but with the charitable work he did.”
“If he had lived 30 more years he would have accomplished much more,” she said.
She concluded with the thought that Klugman’s anger is misdirected, and comes from the place of a son who misses and loves his father.
Tonight’s special Emmy tributes, in addition to Monteith, include “The Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini, “Family Ties” producer Gary David Goldberg, comedian and actor Jonathan Winters and “All in the Family” actor Jean Stapleton.