Home Celebrity Emmy In Memoriam Controversy: Jack Klugman’s Son Speaks Out

The Emmy Awards have walked right into their own scandal. Adam Klugman, son of the late Jack Klugman, is furious that his father isn’t getting a special tribute tomorrow night. He’s quite right. The tributes are going to James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Gary David Goldberg, and Cory Monteith. Cory Monteith? Dead at 31 from a drug overdose. Actor on one TV series. Never even nominated for an Emmy.

Adam Klugman is damn right. He said, “I don’t mean to say anything disparaging about Cory, but he was a kid who had won no Emmys and it was a self-induced tragedy.”

Also gone in the year since the last Emmy Awards are Larry Hagman, Julie Harris,  Jeanne Cooper, David Frost, John Ingle, Dennis Burkley and Cosmo Allegretti (from “Captain Kangaroo”). Each of them had long and stellar career far exceeding Cory Monteith’s brief moment of popularity.

There’s a problem with highlighting of any of the deceased, obviously. One was not more important than another and all of them are missed. Monteith was popular with young people, but no more than Heath Ledger, an Oscar nominee who was included with everyone else the year he died, on the Academy Awards show.

How were the five chosen? Arbitrarily, I’d say. Both David Frost and Herb Kaplow died this year. Shouldn’t a famed TV journalist have been included? What about Dr. Joyce Brothers?

The In Memoriam segment is a mess and the Emmys haven’t even aired. It’s not good. I do think the Emmys  should put the special tributes online, and treat everyone equally on the show.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. Jack was a working actor for a mighty long time. Frosty was great too and a working class kid,but in the modern multi-millionaire run system the working class people are easily put aside. These corporate selectors should be told to get out of the business. Their facsimiles used to get rid of the Smothers Brothers and Star Trek. These people are just as dumb as were those suits, and really good people need remembrances, especially if they’ve have great track records in the business. It will be an award show NOT to see.

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