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Emmy B.S.

Honor a Drug Addict

Diss a TV Legend

9/22/2013 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The suits who run the Emmys had to make a hard choice in deciding which dead actor to honor-- a TV icon who has won multiple Emmys, or a young actor with no Emmys who is now as famous for being a drug addict as a TV star.  They chose door number 2.

It's interesting.  We've spoken with several people who have won Emmys who are upset with the decision to give a special honor to Cory Monteith but not Jack Klugman, and they're all too scared to speak out ... for fear of some sort of retaliation.

Jack Klugman -- who has won 3 Emmys and starred in TV classics -- "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy M.E." -- has been overlooked and disrespected for special mention during tonight's ceremony.  Instead ... Cory Monteith gets the honor.  Jack's son thinks it's ridiculous and disrespectful, and he's right.

The Emmys are honoring 5 TV types who died in the last year -- 4 of whom have earned their stripes ... Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton, James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg -- and then there's Cory.

BTW ... Larry Hagman was also overlooked. 


One TV type who has won multiple Emmys but wanted to remain anonymous scoffed and told TMZ, "Awards are like  hemorrhoids.  Eventually every asshole gets one."

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dri    

Wow I guess it pays to a dug addict in Hollywood...Jack is a legend...a TV legend of the best kind...and to disrespect his work over some idiot that chose to do drugs......Since The Emmys are condoning drug use, and thats exactly what they are doing....they can bet their sweet ass I wont be watching!

363 days ago
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Chelsea    

Ratings. They hope teen age girls tune in to watch to see a film clip of Monteith? That's integrity/prestige of an emmy.

363 days ago
18.

Wow ...    

What an outrage!

363 days ago
19.

JA    

Well, the people and their family members has loves one suffers from Tourette's syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, ALS and other rare diseases will remember him. He was human being took time from normal life to speak for his brother and others like him in front congress for Orphan Drug Act.

363 days ago
20.

Marie    

This sends a clear message that they could care less what the people want because they know that people will continue to do as they are instructed to do as it seems so many of us have lost our will to protest against things that are blatantly wrong this is no different that our government not listening but many of us refuse to protest so we just lie down and do as we are told while they bulldoze right over us stripping our rights away.

363 days ago
21.

Duke Steele    

He wasn't a drug addict. He was a JUNKIE. Stop being so pc, TMZ

363 days ago
22.

Robert Lyles    

Jack Klugman had more talent in his little finger than this kid. just shows how corrupt this country is. It's either that, or these people couldn't see talent if it bit them in the ass!

363 days ago
23.

Azi    

Thumbs up for Klugman and Hagman. Just say NO to drugs !

363 days ago
24.

Nyla    

Stupid and disrespectful. I guess I'll be watching a movie tonight instead.

363 days ago
25.

Deesker    

What about James Gandolfini?? Are they serious? Here's this young guy, who has done very little and is revered now almost as a saint. It's outrageous and someone paid the Emmy committe alot of money.

363 days ago
26.

static    

TMZ you guys ran a story on this dude every day for a month and you're criticizing the Emmys?

363 days ago
27.

Eileen    

Jack Klugman and Larry Hagman had carreers that spanned decades. You can still watch their shows today and be entertained. Will anybody be watching Glee reruns in forty years and missing Cory? Probably not. I'll be watching Breaking Bad tonight anyway.

363 days ago
28.

South Beach    

Ongoing, better to represent all equally, then this is type of situation is avoided. I think the critics of this situation are spot on, and going after the younger viewers is obviously the objective.

363 days ago
29.

Vince    

How does it surprise any of us that the Hollywood set would choose a loser drug addict who was stupid enough to overdose himself as a poster boy? Lets use this opportunity to tell our young people that drug use lead you to fame an fortune...oh but the down side is you have to be so stupid that you over dose yourself to get recognized. Forget hard work and dedication to your craft..just do drugs and die......yup real impressive

363 days ago
30.

nan    

they want ratings and figure all Jack Klugmans fans are dead

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