The son of Jack Klugman is livid that his father isn’t getting recognized at the 2013 Primetime Emmys. Adam Klugman says that the omission of his father from the tribute at the Sept. 22 event is nothing short of “criminal,” and is an insult to the three-time Emmy winner’s memory.
“My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days,” Adam tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The fact that Cory Monteith is getting a special in memoriam moment adds insult to injury for Adam.
“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 tells the Los Angeles Times. “To compare the contribution he made to the contribution my father made — it doesn’t compare.”
At the 2013 Emmys, organizers decided to focus the “In Memoriam” section on five honorees who died in the past year: Monteith, Gary David Goldberg, James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters and Jean Stapleton. In addition to Klugman, who died on Dec. 24, 2012, Larry Hagman is left off the list.
“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,” Emmys executive producer Ken Ehrlich says in a statement. “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.”
Do find that the exclusion of Klugman is out of line?