Cory Monteith’s special tribute at the Emmy’s left the crowd with mixed feelings.
The crowd may have been unsure, but Jane Lynch was honored to tell people who Cory was.
“He was a guy who had such a huge heart and generous spirit,” Lynch said. “It’s so sad he’s gone.”
Monteith, who died from an accidental overdose on heroin and alcohol July 13 at age 31, was among five stars who received an individual eulogy during the Emmys. The other stars that passed were put into an In Memoriam photo montage, the traditional tribute.
Preston Hagman, son of Larry Hagman who died from cancer at age 81 in November, was disappointed by the montage.
“I think all of them were short,” he said. “If you are going to honor [the In Memoriam recipients], honor them with the respect and dignity that they portrayed. Do it for everyone.”
Adam Klugman was also disappointed, calling it “criminal” that the Emmy’s didn’t include his father, The Odd Couple star Jack Klugman, who died from prostate cancer this year at age 90 in the special tributes.
“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,” Klugman said. “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.”
Though some may not have agreed with the decision to only highlight Monteith, James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton, and Jonathon Winters, Lynch thought Monteith’s tribute was an important closure for Glee fans.
“Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction,” she said. “Tonight, we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss for all he could have been. To a generation that loved Cory so, please know, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love.”