Emmys’ In Memoriam Segment Criticized For Failing To Honor Multiple Performers — & Remembering To Honor Roger Ailes

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The 2017 Emmys didn’t get everything right… specifically, who was and wasn’t recognized during the ceremony’s in memoriam segment.

On Sunday night, Hamilton star Christopher Jackson belted out Stevie Wonder‘s As while a video played honoring the fallen faces of television — but several noteworthy stars were left out of the tribute, including Dick Gregory, Charlie Murphy, Harry Dean Stanton, and Frank Vincent.

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All four actors who died this year had performed in TV shows throughout their careers. Gregory, a comedian and civil rights activist, had starred in Reno 911! and Wonder Showzen, while Murphy, the brother of Eddie Murphy, had starred in Chappelle’s Show, POWER, and others.

Stanton (who passed away on Friday at 91) played a number of TV roles, most recently in Twin Peaks: The Return and Getting On, and Vincent appeared in several shows like The Sopranos and Law & Order: SVU.

After the show, Twitter users paid their own tributes to those left out of the segment, including Common:

Viewers weren’t just upset over the names left out of the montage memorial — many were pissed by the appearance of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

The poignant video tribute sparked criticism on social media after Ailes’ name flashed on the screen. The former news head, who died in May, left Fox in July 2016 following a litany of sexual harassment allegations from multiple women in the network.

Many Twitics pointed out the audience was deathly silent when Ailes showed up on the screen, while others just voiced their disgust over his inclusion:

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[Image via Guillermo Proano/Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.]

Sep 18, 2017 10:31am PDT

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