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.
"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.]