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Jack Klugman's Son Questions Cory Monteith Receiving Emmy Tribute
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Jack Klugman's Son Questions Cory Monteith Receiving Emmy Tribute

Sep 23 2013, 5:08am CDT | by ABC News Radio

Jason LaVeris/Contributor/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Cory Monteith's special tribute at the Emmy Awards Sunday night was the subject of much debate in the days leading up to the CBS telecast. The...

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Jack Klugman's Son Questions Cory Monteith Receiving Emmy Tribute

Sep 23 2013, 5:08am CDT | by ABC News Radio

Jason LaVeris/Contributor/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Cory Monteith's special tribute at the Emmy Awards Sunday night was the subject of much debate in the days leading up to the CBS telecast. The son of the late Jack Klugman made his opinion well-known by suggesting to multiple media outlets that his father was more deserving of a tribute than the Glee actor, who died of a heroin and alcohol overdose in July.

Adam Klugman's contention was that his father -- who starred in The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E., and who was recognized in the Emmys' traditional "In Memoriam" segment -- left behind a much greater legacy in the TV world. Klugman was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying the Emmy producers were "celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys....Cory Monteith never won an Emmy."

Klugman also expressed his belief that the producers made the decision to salute Monteith "because they think they're gonna get a younger generation of viewers to watch."

In fact, the executive producer of the telecast, Ken Ehrlich, essentially acknowledged the latter point in a statement: "To a younger generation, Cory Monteith's portrayal of Finn Hudson was highly admired, and the producers felt that he should be included along with the four other individuals we have singled out."

Klugman's tone changed on Sunday, when he said in a statement to E! News, "Tonight is for celebrating and I know my father would not want me or his name to be associated with any more negativity."

He added, "After a certain point it becomes hurtful to [the] Monteith family and that has never been my intent. I feel that I've said enough."

Not surprisingly, Monteith's mother, Ann McGregor, disagreed with Klugman's original comments, telling TMZ that had her son "lived 30 more years he would have accomplished much more."

Monteith was one of five deceased individuals who received special tributes at the Emmy Awards, along with James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters, All in the Family actress Jean Stapleton, and TV writer/producer Gary David Goldberg.

Klugman, who died last December at the age of 90, wasn't the only notable omission from the special tributes. Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie star Larry Hagman was also left out.

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Cory Monteith's Mom Opens Up About Actor's Death, Previous Overdose

Jul 17 2014 10:22am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

In an emotional interview with "Good Morning America," Cory Monteith's mom speaks out publicly for the first time since the loss of her son. Ann McGregor, 63, said that up until just a few days ago she has not been able to look at a photo of her son, who died of a mixed drug toxicity of heroin and alcohol on July 13, 2013. He was 31 years old. While she still can't talk about the night of his death, she is willing to discuss his past, including his first "Code Blu ...
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Lea Michele, Ryan Murphy remember Cory Monteith on death anniversary

Jul 13 2014 3:27pm CDT | Source: Digital Spy

Michele and her fellow Glee stars shared their thoughts on this sad occasio ...
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Cory Moneteith's Estranged Father Opens Up About Actor's Death One Year Later

Jul 12 2014 3:52pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

July 13 marks the one year anniversary of "Glee" star Cory Monteith's death, and the actor's father recently spoke about the loss of his son. On Entertainment Tonight Canada, Joe Montetih opened up about his son's death. "I still miss him very much,” he said. “I still have the empty feeling inside.” Monteith also said that what's making his mourning so tough is that he wasn't invited to his son's funeral ceremony by his e ...
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