Adam Klugman, son of the late, great actor Jack Klugman is extremely angry and upset with the Emmy organizers for leaving his dad out of a special tribute that will air this Sunday evening on CBS.
While Jack, who played in two of the 70's big hit television shows, The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E. will be remembered in the memoriam montage that will honor all of the great stars who passed away this year, he is not included in a special tribute that honors five legends of television;
Writer-producer Gary David Goldberg, comic legend Jonathan Winters, and actors James Gandolfini and Jean Stapleton are four of the five that will be given a special tribute.
Adam is angry that the special tribute will also include Cory Monteith of Glee, who passed away this year of a drug overdose.
Adam said this in an interview;
While Glee fans may appreciate the tribute, Adam feels that what Monteith contributed to television in no way lives up to what his father did and that upsets him.
He said he has nothing aginst the Glee star but;
"to compare the contribution he made to the contribution my father made -- it doesn't compare,"
The Emmys always show a montage of the stars that have passed that contributed to television and this year decided to add a little more to honor five of the most notable stars.
Adding Monteith to the list with Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters does seem out of place especially considering Klugman is not inlcuded as well as Larry Hagman, who portrayd the iconic, J.R. Ewing, which surprised many also.
The Emmys stand by their decision and offered this explanation;
"Every generation of television viewers has its favorites, and when we decided to expand the 'In Memoriam' segment to remember certain individuals, we wanted these pieces to be representative as well. To a younger generation, Cory Monteith's portrayal of Finn Hudson was highly admired, and the producers felt that he should be included along with the four other individuals we have singled out."
That did nothing to make Adam Klugman feel better because the feels that the Emmy producers are only adding Monteith to get a different age range in the viewing audience.
Ken Ehrlich, the Emmy Awards producer also issued a statement saying that people, critics need to watch the tribute before issuing judgement on it as there is a message in the tribute about Monteith that needs to be heard.
“I do think when people see this, [when] they see that there’s kind of a message involved and what we’re saying about him, they may revise some of this early unfair advance criticism, yes, there’s a message in this presentation that I think is a good message for people. It does celebrate [Cory], because he really did significant work on that show, but it also, in a way, is a warning.”
What do you think about the tribute to the "Glee" star?
Do you think that he deserves it? Or should not be honored because of the way he died?
The 2013 Emmy Awards will air tonight, Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8/7 ct on CBS.
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