The son of late actor Jack Klugman was furious to learn his father will not be memorialised at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night (22Sep13), and has criticised show bosses for including tragic Glee star Cory Monteith instead.
Monteith, who died of a drug and alcohol overdose in July (13), will be among the late stars who will be remembered during the prizegiving in Los Angeles, along with The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg, actress Jean Stapleton and funnyman Jonathan Winters.
Klugman, who died of cancer in December (12), has not been included in the list, and the snub has angered his son Adam, who is adamant Monteith is less deserving of the honour than his father.
Adam tells the Los Angeles Times, "They're celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys... Cory Monteith never won an Emmy... Let's call this what it is. They're doing this because they think they're gonna get a younger generation of viewers to watch."
Many critics have also taken aim at Emmys organisers over the list, which also fails to include late Dallas star Larry Hagman, prompting executive producer Ken Ehrlich to defend the choices.
A statement released by Ehrlich reads, "Every generation of television viewers has its favourites, and when we decided to expand the In Memoriam segment to remember certain individuals, we wanted these pieces to be representative as well. To a younger generation, Cory Monteith's portrayal of Finn Hudson (in Glee) was highly admired, and the producers felt that he should be included along with the four other individuals we have singled out."