Jack Klugman’s Son Slams Cory Monteith Emmys Tribute: His Death Was “Self-Induced”

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By Michael Lewittes


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Jack Klugmans son is furious that his late father will not be honored during the Emmy Awards “In Memoriam” tribute on Sunday, while other actors such as Cory Monteith are being recognized in the ceremony.

Adam Klugman tells the Associated Press it’s “criminal” that his dad, who’s best known for playing Oscar Madison in the television version of “The Odd Couple,” is not being honored.

He says, “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 [of young adults].”

Klugman’s son goes on to add, “I don’t mean to say anything disparaging about Cory [Monteith], but he was a kid who had won no Emmys and it was a self-induced tragedy.”

Emmys executive producer Ken Ehrlich responded to Adam’s comments in a statement to the AP, saying, “To a younger generation, Cory Monteith’s portrayal of Finn Hudson (on `Glee’) was highly admired, and the producers felt that he should be included.”

Jack Klugman passed away at age 90 on December 24, 2012.

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