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Neil Patrick Harris Explains The Controversial New Way Cory Monteith & Other Fallen Stars Will Be Honored At This Year's Emmy Awards Memoriam

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There's been some controversy over this, so allow us to clear the air…

With the passing of such well-known TV personalities as Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini, this year's Emmy Awards are trying something a little different.

In addition to the classic In Memoriam segment, the show will also be host to a special honor for a few stars. Host Neil Patrick Harris says:

"We've come up with this idea – five different people that we chose sort of from different areas of television are being spoken about by people who were important to them, not in a pitying way, but I think in a respectful, classy way that will make you remember their life in a positive, forward-momentum kind of style."

Cory and James will be remembered by their costars, along with three other TV legends- All In The Family's Jean Stapleton, Mork & Mindy star Jonathan Winters, and Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg.

But the new special honors have sparked some controversy. Not everyone is happy with the choice of stars being honored. Jack Klugman's son Adam says:

"My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days. (Monteith) was a kid who had won no Emmys."

But Emmy producer Ken Ehrlich defends the decision to single out the late Glee star. He says:

"Cory’s appeal was to maybe a little different generation from some of the others we were honoring, and we felt maybe he needed to be represented. The fact that at 31, he passed away under tragic circumstances, the fact that we felt it was important to be responsive to younger viewers for whom Cory meant as much as these four others meant to their own generations."

We're sad to hear not everyone is at peace with the honors. We can only hope the ceremony will be pulled off with a class that transcends these personal concerns.

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7 comments to “Neil Patrick Harris Explains The Controversial New Way Cory Monteith & Other Fallen Stars Will Be Honored At This Year's Emmy Awards Memoriam”

  1. Zaina says – reply to this


    Let the dumbasses post in 3…2…1…

  2. 2

    This is such a stupid idea. Jack Klugman's son is right. Corey was a up-and-coming actor. The Emmy people want to spotlight him for ratings. This is going to hurt feelings each and every years.

  3. Zaina says – reply to this


    Re: LaughingOutLoud1 – Though I agree somewhat with you. What's done is done. I only agree that Klugman should have had his own segment as well.

  4. 4

    Sad to hear this, I loved Klugman in The Odd Couple and Quincy, and they also overlooked Larry Hagman as well. I will not be watching.

  5. lacey says – reply to this


    Klugman's son was out of line disrepecting Cory like this.His father, rest his soul, has been honored numerous times by the Emmy Academy and thankfully, while he was still alive. Let Cory, who died way before his time, have his one moment of tribute.

  6. Lisa says – reply to this


    What about Larry Hagman? He was JR Ewing…one of the most memorable characters in TV history. Cory was a drug addict. He was a terrible actor too. He was on his way out of Glee. His 'untimely, tragic' death was of his own making. I get that he was sick. I get that addiction is a disease. I'm in love with an addict myself so I get it. But why are we still celebrating his career? It wasn't that good. What did he seriously do for the acting community?? Klugman and Hagman (also an addict) deserve some recognition for their contributions to television. The Emmys did this for ratings only. Such a sham.

  7. Kevin says – reply to this


    I liked Cory. I love "Glee." But he did NOT deserve to be in the main tributes. The Emmys and the lone tribute sections were supposed to be for people who changed television: Jean Stapleton as Edith, James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano… ect. The people who garnered acclaim and awards for acting and becoming a staple on classic television. Cory did none of those things. Yes, the way he died so young was horribly tragic and he touched millions of younger people, but he was not up to par as the other veterans on television were. He did deserve to be in the In Memoriam montage, but he didn't deserve the honor that legends like Jack Klugman, Andy Williams, and Larry Hagman should've been remembered for. If that was the case, Lee Thompson Young should've gotten a spoken tribute, for touching the hearts of children and teenagers in the 90s. He should be remembered, but there were others that should've been remembered a little more, based on their line of work… which is what the Emmys are about.