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Jane Lynch Responds To Controversy Over Cory Monteith's Emmy Tribute

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Sunday night's Emmy Awards contained several touching tributes to fallen stars, perhaps none quite so heartbreaking as Jane Lynch's honest speech about her late Glee costar Cory Monteith.

But not everyone thought the honor should even fall on Cory. Jack Klugman's son Adam was affronted that his father was passed over for the young star.

So what does Jane herself have to say to that? She said:

"I'm a huge fan of Jack Klugman… he was there in the beginning of television and he had a terrific career… if I were his son maybe I'd be upset too."

A classy, empathetic answer. But whether Mr. Klugman deserved a special moment also, Jane was just glad she was able to honor her friend. She said:

"I'm really proud to be up there for him. I'm really proud to tell people about him."

And we were moved to listen. Thanks to Jane for her frank, thoughtful words.

In case you missed it, check out her speech (below).

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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19 comments to “Jane Lynch Responds To Controversy Over Cory Monteith's Emmy Tribute”



  1. 1

    It was bullshit that Corey received a special tribute. I agree with Jack Klugman's son. It also sends the wrong message out. Corey was a drug addict that killed himself and to get a tribute sends a wrong message to young and old people about abusing drugs.

  2. NinjaGirl says – reply to this


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    Re: Cha_Cha_the famous – I agree. The speech also felt forced.

  3. mikal says – reply to this


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    I can guarantee you that if he were conservative or a Christian, his name wouldn't even have been mentioned. And Hollywood wonders why people aren't watching these shows anymore and why the box office is tanking. People are sick of this immoral group shoving their beliefs down 95% of the population.

    That's right Mario. Those stats are real. 95% of the population does not agree with your lifestyle or choices. By the way you read how Lynch's spouse is taking her to the cleaners and how ugly the divorce is getting. The gay community asked for equal rights. Well now live with what you asked for. It's called the chickens coming home to roost.

  4. Beautiful and Damned says – reply to this


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    My first thought was that the tribute was just a tactic to get younger people to watch the show, nothing else. Reaching to a new audience who probably thought they´d see a video with new images of Cory M…

  5. kornholio says – reply to this


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    Filthy homo enablers….all actors are poofters.



  6. 6

    that was disgusting, dissing multiple emmy winners to honor a drug-addicted 10 minute wonder. no wonder there is no respect for hollywood, they don't even respect their own.

  7. m90 says – reply to this


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    Re: shaygirl1309 – I think you're disgusting at how you are extremely disrespectful. get over yourself



  8. 8

    Honestly, this is why I think the whole special honors thing was stupid all around. Because Jack Klugman's son might be the only one to speak out and he pointed at Cory but I'm sure there's plenty of other families feeling the same way…why didn't their loved one get special mention for what they did? It was the like they turned it into a messed up popularity contest. Keep it all together, one memoriam, everyone equal. And maybe its just me…but hearing sad speeches through out the whole show made it rather…depressing. "Oooh yay, this show won!! And this person died. Oh and now a dance number!"



  9. 9

    Jack Klugman totally deserved a moment, Im sure the gay entertainment mafia would much rather celebrate Cory…a pretty boy hetro druggie rather than honour an accomplished actor like Jack.

  10. jessy says – reply to this


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    Don't blame Cory if Klugman didn't get a tribute ! it's not his fault! he deserved to be honored! he passed away too young ! he was a drug addict but he was the sweetest guy ever ! he meant a lot for a generation ! and he is missed! so at least have some respect for his family and loved ones !

  11. JJH85 says – reply to this


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    I'm really sure how sexual orientation even became part of this topic about memoriam, but whatever. I don't think it was the Emmy's intention to set one actor above the others. With respect to Cory, I think the fact that he died young and the reason for his death is something that should be brought to minds of today's youth. It needs to be a lesson learned which is probably why he was chosen, not to mention with social media today, he is more recognizable to a broader age group and I don't mean any disrespect to actors of the past. I was a fan of Jack's, I'm simply stating my opinion.

  12. @v@ says – reply to this


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    If Jane was asked to do it, Jane's going to do it, and she did a nice job of it besides framing the thing nicely above.

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


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    I was a huge Larry Hagman fan myself.

  14. Demi's Fat Ass says – reply to this


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    Re: Cha_Cha_the famousRe: shaygirl1309 – I agree with you both.



  15. 15

    Whether or not he "deserved" a tribute is irrelevant. It seems as though the ones who got big tributes were the ones whose deaths sent shockwaves through the social media, people like James Gandolfini and Cory Monteith are the deaths that sent shock waves, therefore they will get a bigger tribute. thats just the way the cookie crumbles. And saying he didnt deserve it because he was a drug addict is ridiculous, death is death no matter how it happened. He shouldnt be snubbed just because drugs were his ultimate downfall.

  16. rae says – reply to this


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    I was a fan of all 3 of the stars. I was around very, very young of Jack Klugman to watching Dallas with my mom to watching Glee with my daughter. Can we really say that none of this actors liked drugs or alcohol? Just Corey? Either 3 people passed away and that is very sad in itself no matter what the reason. There life and achievements no matter how many or not should be celebrated and loved, period!!!!!

  17. rae says – reply to this


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    By the way Jane Lynch's tribute didn't seem forced at all. Not sure what Emmy's you were watching!

  18. Nope says – reply to this


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    Re: m90 – … "get over yourself" only applies when the person in question has put themselves above the peer audience, not when they issue a critique of a separate party or entity. So, to you, I say get over yourself. (Hint: That is the correct usage.)

  19. mari says – reply to this


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    Re: Cha_Cha_the famous
    It's funny what you say because it still hurts his crew, his fans and his family of his passing…. i think at some point everyone wants to be remembered as all of the good things and not the bad. we give tributes to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston. And so many more actors, and singers who have died of abuse because we loved what they brought to the world… they are in no way agreeing with cory's decisions and if Jane lynch was able to honor cory… well, why not? It doesn't make it hurt any less… we give tributes to people because of all the good they've done not the bad. when you give an award of the decade or honoring someone's work you don't look at the bad. what cory did hurt a lot of people and to some people someone who they thought they've grown to know has left, so it's not right for anyone to be saying that his life was not worth being tribute to