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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."

162 COMMENTS

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46.

Cheeshke    

Totally messed up, idiotic, and disrespectful!

Klugman had way more impact.

I suppose, considering the fan base, the Glee star need a mention, but not at the *expense* of an icon like Klugman. They are way off base in their decision.

310 days ago
47.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

LISTEN UP ABOUT THIS SPAM CRAP !!! You people keep putting HATE clicks and IT'S STILL A FREAKING HIT!! Like or hate is a hit and hits are what the site is all about. Just flag the damn thing and be done with it. Come on, don't tell me you don't know that.

310 days ago
48.

sscarzz    

How about the killer drug dealer gets an award.

310 days ago
49.

DancingQueen    

Snubbing their top 2 beloved actors with Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman is reason to no longer respect your Emmy reward show! Not watching again. You lost credibility completely!

310 days ago
50.

theonewithtiffany    

Can we please all agree to stop using the word, "diss". Nobody actually says it except old people who don't know better, like Harvey. Why don't you lovely folks at TMZ at least pretend you have even marginally literate adults working for you. Or at the very least, splurge on a thesaurus.

310 days ago
51.

meee    

this is bullcrap. unbelieveable. not watching. who was that cory guy? just a junkie, not even talented.

310 days ago
52.

luckycat    

All I can say is
GLEE and all GLEEKS
SUCK.
IT IS REALLY A MEDIOCRE SHOW,NOT CLEVER AND FOR THE MOST PART THE MUSIC SUCKS.
LEA IS BEYOND OVERRATED AND DIDN'T DATE HIM-P.R.!

310 days ago
53.

robocop    

Yes, by all means, honor and revere the one-talent junkie! BTW, TMZ, you're just as culpable as the Emmy execs with your endless coverage of this druggie's overdosing. You can't have it both ways!!

310 days ago
54.

DancingQueen    

Snubbing their top 2 beloved actors with Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman is reason to no longer respect your Emmy reward show! Not watching again. You lost credibility completely!

310 days ago
55.

katiebug232@hotmail.com    

While I don't disagree with the opinion you've taken for this story, I do think the way you have expressed it lacks empathy, respect, understanding and class. The title "Honor a drug addict, diss a legend" is a really insensitive way to express your point of view. Have a bit of class and respect for the deceased and refer to him by his name, and not the illness that was his demise.

309 days ago
56.

DancingQueen    

Annette Funicello is much more deserving and beloved of an actor than Corey! So many more deserving actors, but how can you ignore your top 2 actors?

309 days ago
57.

Jimbo    

The Emmy Board has it's head up its arse...

309 days ago
58.

mary    

I think if this guy hadn't overdosed on drugs, he would have become just another Hollywood drug addict who was broke and jobless. jack klugman, was a good person and great actor who should have been honored. sure Hollywood would honor a drug addict (before a normal person) because they promote, and use themselves. I had never heard of this person before he died from OD.

309 days ago
59.

Brian    

They should do this for all of the TV actors who died in the last year. Just show all of them. I guess a lot of young people don't even know who Jack Klugman is. Probably including the people putting on the Emmys.

309 days ago
60.

onejn416    

They have cheapened the award. Just like the Nobel Peace Prize. Meaningless now.

309 days ago
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