Jack Klugman’s Son Upset with Emmy Awards Special Tribute


Jack Klugman’s Son Upset with Emmy Awards Special Tribute


Tonight is the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, and as all viewers know each year the telecast honors those who have passed away this past year in the TV industry. This year, in addition to the traditional “In Memoriam,” the broadcast is including a special tribute to five TV individuals who’ve impacted the small screen. However, some disagree with the decision and the tributes.

One person in particular who is not happy with the Emmys special tribute is Jack Klugman’s son, Adam Klugman. In an interview with The Associated Press he said, “I think it’s criminal. My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days.”

For those unaware, ‘Glee’s Cory Monteith, ‘The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini, ‘All in the Family’s Jean Stapleton, comedian and actor Jonathan Winters, and ‘Family Ties’ producer Gary David Goldberg, are the five selected for the special tribute.

The exclusion of Klugman, a three-time Emmy winner and veteran of show’s like ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘Quincy M.E.,’ is hurtful to his son, “It’s an insult and it really seems typical of this youth-centric culture that has an extremely short attention span and panders to only a very narrow demographic.”

He added, “What about the people who should be introduced to somebody like my father? 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.”

Emmy executive producer Ken Ehrlich is defending the decision and said, “To a younger generation, Cory Monteith’s portrayal of Finn Hudson (on ‘Glee’) was highly admired, and the producers felt that he should be included along with the four other individuals we have singled out.”

Klugman isn’t the only TV veteran being left out of the special tribute. Two other legendary actors excluded that have rubbed others the wrong way are Larry Hagman from ‘Dallas’ and Charles Durning from ‘Evening Shade.’ The three will appear in the group remembrance when the Emmys air tonight at 8/7c on CBS.

What do you think? Should the Emmys stick purely to the traditional memorial? Do you think excluding Klugman, Hagman and Durning is “criminal”? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts.

- Jack Klugman
- The Emmy Awards

Written by: akoerner
Sep 22nd, 2013, 8:16 am


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Message Posted On Sep 23rd, 2013, 4:54 pm

I can't believe they're honoring a junkie that was lucky to land a semi-major role in a show for kids. 4 years he was prominent for before filling his veins with so much drugs his body gave up. The emmy's should show some backbone and stop trying to suck the younger generations dick in order to secure new sponsors.



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Message Posted On Sep 23rd, 2013, 3:15 pm

I sympathize and agree with the families of Jack Klugman and other long-in-the-tooth actors who passed away in the past year.  These award winning and accomplished actors and their accomplishments deserve their earned recognition.  

I too find the death of Cory Monteith sad and too soon.  We will never see how much he would accomplish and his impact on the industry.

My issue with memorializing Cory and recognizing his few accomplishments and unachieved potential romanticizes his death and sends a subtle message to our already troubled youth that is frightening.  We need to be more careful of our youth and mourn Cory's passing but abhor the manner in which he left us and not reward him with awards he had not yet earned..


Message Posted On Sep 23rd, 2013, 1:07 pm
I completely agree that the flavors of the month are sometimes given more respect than the true veterans...I have been a Jack Klugman fan since I was nine years old and watched him in outstanding episodes of "Twilight Zone"...Larry Hagman, of course, is on the same level of 'classic' and even Mr. Durning, while more of 'a face you think you know' to some folks, was such a veteran of film and tv that he, too, deserved better. I personally think that the press and whatever get hold of a story with legs - i.e. the young actor from 'Glee' dying of a drug overdose and wring it for all it's worth, thinking it will make good press and something out of a Shakespeare tragedy. Well. Hm. I will state quite bluntly that my own brother died of a drug overdose at the age of 20, and there is nothing romantic, poetic or press-worthy of such an ending, and I continue to resent how young and self destructive passings are painted as how to end up. While I know of Mr. Monteith's talent only from the clips I have seen - I do not watch 'Glee', but will readily admit that this young man had true talent and that his loss is a real loss in many ways -, I almost feel as though he was memorialized not for his talent, but for being hip enough to leave before he became old news. That's the real sadness and sorrow we should acknowledge, and wonder about.

Message Posted On Sep 23rd, 2013, 6:42 am
Klugman, Durning and Hagman ontributed AND had more talent than Monteith ever showed. Maybe he would have but he took the easy way out. That's not showing the younger generation anything. Become famous, commit suicide and we'll honor you. Give the special honors to the ones that deserve it. Preferably when they are still alive and know that someone respects what they have accomplished.

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Message Posted On Sep 22nd, 2013, 7:58 pm
Singling anyone out is saying that someone is more important then the others... I could see if the they honored the people with the most longevity in TV. As I have just watched the tribute, it would be hard to decide being a lot of very well known actors past this year. So, IMHO, there should be the one In Memoriam for all. If they wish to give a special tribute, then add a highlight packages to there picture, and let their work speak for them. RIP all...


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Message Posted On Sep 22nd, 2013, 4:58 pm

The normal in-memoriam package is fine, but this "special tribute" idea for certain people strikes me as being in poor taste. Also, no disrespect to Monteith's fans, but Klugman meant MUCH more to television history.


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Message Posted On Sep 22nd, 2013, 3:50 pm

If you're going to single out individules for special rememberance they should have a body of work which has deeply influenced TV.


Message Posted On Sep 22nd, 2013, 10:58 am
The tribute should be for everyone!
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