Primetime Emmys 2013: Cory Monteith Tribute Greeted With Tepid Applause (Video)

Jane Lynch did her best to explain to viewers and angry descendants of deceased TV industry notables why Cory Monteith was among those selected to receive a special tribute at the Primetime Emmy Awards. “This summer our show Glee suffered a painful death in our family,” she began. “From the first time you saw Cory he had a star quality and sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. He was “a beautiful soul and a gifted and wonderful young man” whose death, she said, is a reminder of the “rapaciousness” and “senseless destruction…brought on by addiction.”

Related: R.I.P. Cory Monteith

“We mourn the loss of all he could have been to a generation that loved Cory so… This gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love…” she said to those viewers, promising that if they had seen more of him “you would have loved him even more.”

Related: Nikki Finke Live-Snarks 65th Emmys

Loading video...

Emmy exec producer Ken Ehrlich had explained earlier this week to dubious reporters that Monteith would be among the deceased to whom special tribute is paid at tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards in an effort to appeal to a younger generation. Other tributes would be given to figures James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Jonathan Winters, and Jean Stapleton. Adam Klugman  called “criminal” the decision to pay tribute to Monteith but not his father, Jack Klugman, who died in December. “My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days.” Jack Klugman, a three-time Emmy winner, was  star of The Odd Couple and Quincy M.E.

Related: Nikki Finke: Live-Snarking 65th Emmys

    1. More insane that they were all laughing and super friendly to Michael Douglas and his son is in prison for selling drugs to Children. If you can laugh and be friendly with him, you can mourn the loss of someone who got the drugs from the likes of him.

  1. Call me crazy but I don’t care that much he got around a 3 minute tribute big deal and this is coming from a girl who adored Larry Hagman.

  2. HUGE mistake for the Emmy producers- and Jane looks so uncomfortable doing this knowing this was not gonna go over well……

    1. I met Mr. Klugman many times in my hometown of Saratoga Springs NY, what a great man. I too disagree with Cory being chosen over Jack, so sad the decisions people make.

    2. You know why she’s uncomfortable…she is standing on stage defending her dear friend to a bunch of arrogant movie stars who have made many many bad choices and have been fortunate to beat them or paid their way out. She wouldn’t have been standing there if she didn’t want to be. She loved Cory and she isn’t afraid to say so. Way he died doesn’t matter with her love or the love of millions of others. It was the love that he brought to their lives and that is why she was standing there in front of a bunch of stuck rich people who think that their crap don’t stink.

  3. It’s too bad the producers felt the need to gift us w/ that wholly unnecessary Elton John song, there would have been ample time to give Larry Hagman & Jack Klugman the tributes they deserved.

    The reality is you can’t honor everyone who dies w/ a special tribute at an awards show, but denying Hagman & Klugman to include Monteith made the tributes seem small.

    1. I agree with Pinecones. We REALLY could have
      done without the Elton John song. It added nothing. …

      And while we’re on the subject of music, Carrie Underwood is a REALLY bland performer.

      1. I completely agree. How is Elton John singing his new single even remotely appropriate for the venue? It is not even a tribute to Liberace – it is promotion for Elton’s new album. This belonged on Good Morning America or Saturday Night Live – not the Emmys.

        Besides that, the justification for paying tribute to Liberace at all is thin. Liberace was a stage performer, not a television performer. The fact that he was the subject of a well-done television biography does not mean he should be paid tribute in this particular venue, taking time that could have been dedicated to more appropriate stars. But there was no time for Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman, two television actors – each of whom was responsible for two iconic television characters.

        1. I’m sorry but I had to comment on your Comment.Liberace mostly bypassed radio before trying a television career, thinking radio unsuitable given his act’s dependency on the visual. Despite his enthusiasm about the possibilities of television, Liberace was disappointed after his early guest appearances on CBS’s The Kate Smith Show, starring Kate Smith, and DuMont’s Cavalcade of Stars, with Jackie Gleason (later The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. He soon wanted his own show where he could control his presentation as he did with his club shows. His first show on local television in Los Angeles was a smash hit, earning the highest ratings of any local show, which he parlayed into a sold out appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. That led to a summer replacement program for Dinah Shore.
          The fifteen-minute network television program, The Liberace Show, began on July 1, 1952, but did not lead to a regular network series. Instead producer Duke Goldstone mounted a filmed version of Liberace’s local show performed before a live audience for syndication in 1953, and sold it to scores of local stations. The widespread exposure of the syndicated series made the pianist more popular and prosperous than ever. His first two years’ earnings from television netted him $7 million and on future re-runs he earned up to 80% of the profits. Liberace learned early on to add “schmaltz” to his television show and to cater to the tastes of the mass audience by joking and chatting to the camera, as if performing in the viewer’s own living room. He also used dramatic lighting, split images, costume changes, and exaggerated hand movements to create visual interest. His television performances featured enthusiasm and humor. Liberace also employed “ritualistic domesticity”, used by such early TV greats as Jack Benny and Lucille Ball. His brother George often appeared as guest violinist and orchestra director, and his mother was usually in the front row of the audience, with brother Rudy and sister Angelina often mentioned to lend an air of “family.” Liberace began each show in the same way, then mixed production numbers with chat, and signed off each broadcast softly singing “I’ll Be Seeing You,” which he made his theme song. His musical selections were broad, including classics, show tunes, film melodies, Latin rhythms, ethnic songs, and boogie-woogie. The show was so popular with his mostly female television audience that he drew over 30 million viewers at any one time and received 10,000 fan letters per week. His show was also one of the first to be shown on British commercial television in the 1950s, where it was broadcast on Sunday afternoons by Lew Grade’s Associated TeleVision. This exposure gave Liberace a dedicated following in the United Kingdom. Homosexual men also found him appealing. According to author Darden Asbury Pyron, “Liberace was the first gay person Elton John had ever seen on television; he became his hero.

    2. One of these things is not like the other: Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton, Cory Monteith.

      A friend pointed out, “James Gandolfini was really good at playing that one role his entire career…but at least he earned his spot w/3 Emmys for it eventually.”

      1. So, if you work your hardest in your career and don’t get an Emmy, you are worth nothing. Is that the message. It’s a poor one. The object of message that they gave was….kids you loved him and he was worthy of love but drugs cut his career short and he lost his life due to senseless drugs….message: don’t do drugs. My grandchildren understood it loud and clear and sure that many many more did also.

    3. We could have done without the beginning nonsense also. Talk about wasting time with Cory who was a human being and not get rid of all that crap at the beginning and some in between, we could have a long memorandum for every one of them.

  4. I thought it was a nice tribute, particularly since they didn’t gloss over how he died. That message alone IMO was a significant reason to honor Cory. I work with students who idolize these actors, and Glee is a very popular teen show. Drugs are also a problem with many kids. “Stars” such as Snoop Lion, shows such as “That 70s Show”, etc all glamorize drugs, and it’s important that teens are reminded drugs are more likely to lead to terrible endings rather than good – even with people who seem to have it all.

  5. So ‘talent’ is a pass for the crime of doing drugs and conspiracy of producers to cover it up instead of firing a junkie. He may have changed his life without his ‘enablers’. How about a posthumous arrest and conviction as a warning to entertainers and sports stars the disgrace of committing criminal acts will result in a ban from working in the field. There are thousands ready to replace them with equal talent without the drug use.

    1. Are you out of your mind? So well said! Are you kidding me. The whole comment was ignorant. He made a mistake people…..he’s gone. He didn’t make his problem known to his coworkers and he never hurt anyone including you. So, get off your high horse and stop passing judgment on apparently something that you are not educated in.

  6. Adam Klugman is absolutely right. Not only was he at the inception of television – he was the star of mainstays The Odd Couple and Quincy. He was both funny and dramatic. He acted in a multitude of films.

    But we’re going to forget about Jack Klugman and give praise to an addict who hadn’t even achieved what 100’s of others have achieved and still, nobody cared when they passed. Remember how Farrah Fawcett was ‘overlooked’?

    Honestly, and I’m not trying to be mean here, but I could give a crap about an addict who hadn’t even reached a level of recognition amongst his own peers. I don’t care what drugs he took, whether it was an accident or not, or whether someone is of color or homosexual. What we’re supposed to be celebrating is the way in which someone achieved while they lived in this industry.

    Not throw some addict up on a screen while someone tries to sell me the idea about what he could have been. I know lots of people who deserved more than they ever got in this world.

    It’s pathetic that the Emmy organization has become so irrelevant that they would stoop to this level…a dead addict for ratings.

    1. You keep saying Addict as if it has the same connotation as serial killer, rapist, pedophile. Cory Monteith was a young man with lots of talent who had a disease called addiction. He took steps to cure himself- but in the end the drugs won out. Whether he should or should not have had a tribute – he deserves respect and not the hatred being spewed about on this website. Too bad not every dead star could get a tribute – but stop the hate people!

      1. Thank you for your post, Deb! All this self-righteous anger toward a promising young actor who paid the ultimate price because of his addiction is so disgusting. I truly appreciate you speaking out against all those malicious haters.

    2. Did you or others understand what the whole thing was about. For the younger generation who lost (probably their first) star that they absolutely loved. Help them to understand more as to the fact that he was worthy of their love and what drugs can do to them. That was the object of it. Cory Monteith was a good person. I met him twice and he was as sweet as anyone can be. Addiction is an awful..awful disease and it his life short.

  7. I personally was shocked that they included him. I thought for sure I’d see one for Larry Hagman at least, or Jack Klugman. They were both veteran actors who deserved at least 3 minutes of the Emmy’s time, not someone who (and I know it’s an addiction so don’t go off on me) decided that his life wasn’t worthy enough to stay living. Any struggling actor would give their mother’s left arm to have what Cory had, and he threw it all away. Giving him special honor for that and not Larry or Jack was just wrong. Shame on the Emmy committee.

    1. Well said Jennifer. I feel for Corey Monteith family…I like the message the tribute contained however…maybe it should have been included in a different segment….

  8. So tragic that Monteith died from a marijuana overdose. Wait..he didn’t? Wait…no one in recorded history has EVER died from a marijuana overdose? Oh.

  9. Jack Klugman, Larry Hagman and Charles Durning all deserved individual honors. It’s tragic that Cory Monteith died at such an young age but he did nothing to warrant his inclusion among the five who were honored. Once again the in memoriam segment was a joke. They left out Steve Forrest who was a staple on TV for many years and that god-awful violin music didn’t help matters either. Elton John and that stupid choreography display we didn’t need. If the clueless academy would quit wasting time with this crap there would be more time to honor more of those who passed on.

  10. In addition to the chorus above, what is particularly annoying is that the producers couldn’t find a way to include two additional 3-minute tributes to Hagman and Klugman. So the show would have been 6 minutes or so longer – it routinely runs long, as do all awards shows. If time was really a concern, the opening video with NPH power-watching the entire season could easily have been trimmed (or eliminated – it was lame in its execution). So the producers stuck to 5 special tributes, but they could have done 7 tributes easily.

    As for the In Memoriam montage, stylistically it left a lot to be desired. The black-and-white headshots became repetitive – almost like a badly composed PowerPoint. By the time you read the name and title with each shot, it faded to the next one. YEs, there were many who unfortunately left us last year, but it seemed they raced through the segment, accompanied by a cello soloist.

    Not enough for a lifetime of work for some of those lost.

  11. After seeing the tributes my biggest problem is they were unnecessary. They did not add to the broadcast if anyhting I knew ever 25 minutes I would be taken back to another prosper who had died.

    The montage of pictures is really all that is needed.

  12. Sorry, @are you serious. I’m not into pretending marijuana is some innocent drug. When you work with at-risk kids who are literally throwing their lives away because they’d rather be high, and think they can fix it all by writing a rap song, maybe you’ll realize differently too.

  13. I’m upset the Academy decided to do ANY of these little tributes. That’s what the In Memorium piece is for. Don’t single anyone out as “special.” Not even Winters or Stapleton. We are all a part of the business. One nice tribute is all that’s needed.

  14. It’s what happens when networks / producers bend over backwards to please the young viewer. Someday it’s going to backfire. But I guess it’s no worse than when the Academy Awards forgot to even mention the death of Walt Disney and the Emmys had to do it.

    Hollywood really is in their own little world.

    1. They weren’t trying to please young children…they were trying to help them understand….and say goodbye to someone that they related to and show them what drugs can do. That simple.people.

  15. Well, that was simply awful. The little “snippets” of the fallen five, while rushing through some major giants who died last year was like a wake run by the Three Stooges. I don’t blame anyone but the nitwit producer who was so obviously pandering for ratings that it screamed cheap crassness. He should never be allowed near a show again. As for the Television Academy, wow, can you all say suckfest? Because that was what it was. Massive FAIL.

  16. Perhaps it’s instructive to future producers of awards shows to see how angry many seem to be at this poor stupid kid who met a tragic end. The Emmys didn’t do Monteith any favors by “honoring” him at the expense of two men who’s careers in television spanned more decades than the kid’s entire life. It’s too bad – Cory Montieth seemed like a genuine, humble person who would probably have been just as upset that Emmy producers overlooked these two men in an effort to appeal to a younger audience. Is the Cory Montieth moment at the Emmys apppointment viewing for kids anyway? I wonder how many of those MILLIONS of young viewers stayed to see Grandpa Michael Douglas win for playing Liberace. If they really wanted young viewers they should have had One Direction do a Liberace medley and at least have had the courtesy to mentioned JR and Quincy.

    1. That was the best post amongst all these angry carmudgeons. I loved Quincy, and respect Jack Klugman’s very important contribution to television, as well as Larry Hagman. Cory meant the most to many younger viewers, and was truly the heart and soul of Glee, but a prestigious show like the Emmy’s should have focussed more on lifetime stars, and not even have a bunch of memorial segments.

  17. find it sad that so much judgement is passed by people with their own skeletons-and we all have them. Substance abuse is an illness, like cancer. I have worked with this population for years. Do you people honestly think they are happy using? Educate yourself. Was Cory a really good actor on the show, and very professional while working?? A resounding yes! Please, don’t pass judgement on these folks- it could be u mourning the next drug death- of someone u love!!

    1. Ever hear of the saying, “Just Say No”? Millions say it, which prevents you from getting this so called illness in the first place. NO EXCUSES.

      1. Ugh.. “USA”, could you possibly be any more right-wing? Eeesh. You probably scream “NO EXCUSES” to people with autism and everyone one along the spectrum from so-called “normal” thru to those who are bipolar or suffer from depression. You are lucky enough to not have such issues, which puts you in a position to judge others.

  18. I have aged out of being relevant to advertisers and producers and they could not be more wrong. Guess what, we are the people who still watch tv. Enough of being ignored, we also still spend money. So please feel free to bite me!

  19. I am 64 years young. I also love television – past and present. Television, from its infancy to the 21st Century, has provided entertainment to ALL – from I Love Lucy to Two and a Half Men. The one good thing about the Golden Age of Television were the live dramatic performances. Television provided entertainment to the viewing public. I feel that the TV of today has turned a blind eye to the television of yesterday. Last night, the only remembrance of yesterday was the inclusion of Dianne Carroll. The remains a class act and she has remained so ever since 1966’s JULIA, co-starring LLOYD NOLEN. I am glad that Turner Classic Movies keeps the Stars of Yesterday alive and well. EMMY and OSCAR need to remember that without the Stars of Yesterday, there would be no stars of today.

  20. Bad judgement all around regarding this Monteith memoriam segment. Why not one for Lee Thompson Young then? He had more acting experience than Cory and appealed to same demo didn’t he?

    Those in charge of this travesty should be mortified. I agree with Klugman’s kin – what an oversight!

    1. As People Magazine so correctly stated, the Emmys also needed to consider the “pulse and depth” of public feeling. No other’s celebrity death cast such a long shadow this year. The producers were right to include Cory. The mistake they made was only selecting one person to represent a specific TV generation. They should have included Jack Klugman and Larry Hagman in addition to Winters and Stapleton.

Comments are closed.