Gary Coleman's former manager Vic Perillo has been left disgusted by U.S. TV executives after they refused to mark the anniversary of the tragic actor's death on Saturday (28May11).
The Diff'rent Strokes star died on 28 May, 2010 and Perillo has been urging network bosses at NBC, the channel which aired the hit 1980s sitcom, to remember Coleman by running a special tribute this week (begs23May11).
But his request was ignored by Nbc heads and Perillo is astonished by their apparent disregard for Coleman, one of the most beloved child stars of his generation.
In a statement issued to WENN, Perillo says, "Gary was exclusive to Nbc... He kept Nbc in the top ten shows during the 1980's. The late President of Entertainment Brandon Tartikoff personally heralded Gary as responsible for keeping the network in the top ten.
"Network producers and chief executive officers at Nbc have responded with, 'We don't have time. We don't want to set a precedent,' and 'We are not interested'.
"I have asked that a simple 10 second picture flashed on the screen of the Today show be shown with an inscription, 'In memoriam to one of Nbc's Family'... They could care less."