Jane Lynch was shockingly candid today when we asked her how she felt about her "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith getting a special tribute while TV icon Jack Klugman is getting the bum's rush.
Jane was locked and loaded when we approached her ... and had clearly thought it through before she left home for Kings Road Cafe.
It seems Jane fully understands why Jack Klugman's son is so pissed.
Emmy Winner Peter MacNicol
Cory Tribute is Great
... For Drug Awareness
9/22/2013 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Emmy winner Peter MacNicol is not buying what Jack Klugman's angry son is selling because Peter thinks the tribute to Cory Monteith could actually save lives.
MacNicol -- who won an Emmy for "Ally McBeal" and also starred in classics like "Ghostbusters II" and "Sophie's Choice" -- tells TMZ tonight's tribute to Cory will create enormous drug awareness and possibly reach thousands of teens on a path of destruction.
Peter doesn't think it matters that Cory died without a single Emmy. He says, "If we are going to get into a merit system based on longevity then we are in trouble."
Tell that to Adam Klugman -- who is furious that his 3-time Emmy winning deceased father is barely getting a mention at tonight's ceremony.
But MacNicol says, "The memoriam is not only to honor those who completed a full marathon."
Emmys Red Carpet
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
9/22/2013 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cory Monteith's Mom
Klugman's Son is Wrong
My Son Deserves This
9/22/2013 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cory Monteith's mom thinks Jack Klugman's son has it all wrong -- because Cory could have been the next Jack Klugman had he lived.
Ann McGregor thinks Adam Klugman is being unfair, telling TMZ her son is absolutely worthy of getting a special in memoriam honor at tonight's Emmy Awards ... even though Jack isn't getting one.
Ann tells us she believes you cannot judge worthiness by a person's age because her son was on a path of greatness -- not only with his acting and singing abilities ... but with the charitable work he did.
Ann tells us, "If he had lived 30 more years he would have accomplished much more."
Ann believes Adam Klugman is misdirected ... and thinks its coming from a place of a son who loves and misses his father.
FYI -- Ann isn't going to the Emmys tonight and won't even watch because she says it's too painful.
Honor a Drug Addict
Diss a TV Legend
9/22/2013 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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."
Red Carpet Rewind!
9/22/2013 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stars Who Are Emmy Free!
9/21/2013 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
As the 65th Annual Emmy Awards gear up to pass out a thousand more of their awards that look like shiny golden angels holding hula hoops -- there are still a handful of stars that seemed to have been overlooked!
Check out what these awesome actors would look like if they got the chance to hold the trippy little trophies.
Persona Non Grata
9/20/2013 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scott Thorson -- a central character in the HBO movie, "Behind the Candelabra" which has 16 nominations -- is getting anything BUT fabulous treatment, because he's NOT invited to the Emmys.
An Emmy official tells TMZ -- it's simple ... Thorson -- who is played by Emmy nominee Matt Damon ... doesn't have a ticket and the event is sold out.
It's not as if Liberace's former lover -- who's currently in an outpatient facility for drug abuse -- didn't want to go. TMZ obtained a letter dated August 8th and written by Scott's drug counselor, asking a drug court judge to give him a weekend pass to attend the Emmys.
Rather than feeling snubbed, Scott now says it's a good idea that he stay away from Hollywood -- too tempting, and all that.
You may recall ... Scott recently tested positive for meth. He could have gone to jail on a probation violation but the judge showed him mercy and ordered him to continue outpatient drug counseling.
Foo Fighters Drummer
RIPS MTV AWARDS
'They Don't F**king Mean S**t'
8/30/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jared Leto shouldn't have gotten so upset when MTV decided to give him his "Best Rock Video" VMA award BEFORE the big show ... because the awards "don't f**king mean s**t," so says Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
In case you missed it, Leto told the Huffington Post he felt dissed by the pre-award ... saying, "Rock deserves a place there."
But Hawkins thinks Leto just needs to get over it ... telling TMZ, "Who cares? Those awards are nice but they don't f**king mean s**t."
Now THAT'S rock 'n' roll.
'I'M HIGH AS F**K RIGHT NOW'
8/29/2013 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There are two reasons to watch this video of rapper A$AP Rocky ...
1) He addresses the confrontation between himself and a security guard behind the scenes at the MTV VMAs.
2) He's SOOOOO HIGH!!!!!!
As for the VMAs conflict ... our friends at Bossip obtained video of Rocky chewing out a security guard ... but his girlfriend Chanel Iman stepped in and pulled Rocky away. It's unclear what Rocky was so upset about, but it's clear he was pissed.
Rocky tells TMZ he's not a troublemaker ... he's a peacemaker ... and blows off the altercation as no big deal.
Now, someone get that man some Funyuns, STAT!!!
Of Miley's MTV Twerkfest
8/27/2013 2:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Timberlake has given his official STAMP OF APPROVAL to Miley Cyrus and her crotch-thrusting, bear-grinding twerkfest at the MTV VMAs ... saying, "It's not like she did it at the Grammys."
Justin appeared on 102.7 in NYC this morning and told Jim Douglas -- "I like Miley ... I like Miley a lot."
"I think she's young. She's letting everybody know she's growing up."
JT also talks about his favorite part of the routine -- and it wasn't the twerking ... or even the drugged-out teddy bears. In fact, it wasn't even on the stage.
RIPPED BY TEDDY BEAR ORG.
They're For Cuddling, NOT Twerking!
8/27/2013 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In case you've been living under a rock -- Miley's been under fire ever since she bumped, grinded and twerked her crotch through an army of seemingly drugged out teddy bears during her VMA performance.
Now, a rep for the Teddy Bear Fund -- an org. dedicated to giving out stuffed animals at abuse shelters -- tells TMZ, "Miley made a poor choice to use a universally loved children's teddy bear in an offensive way."
"There is always good art and bad art -- unfortunately ... this was bad art," the rep adds.
"Hopefully she might consider reversing this situation by giving lots of teddy bears to children in need of comfort."
We tried to find a rep for a foam finger organization -- but apparently, that's not really a thing ... yet.
I Probably DID Fart
During VMA Performance
8/27/2013 6:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joey Fatone tells TMZ ... Kevin Hart was probably right -- there's a decent chance he DID let one rip during the *NSYNC reunion at the MTV VMAs.
Fatone arrived back to L.A. yesterday -- where we immediately grilled him for LYING TO OUR FACES in the days before the show ... when he told us he wasn't in NYC for a surprise performance.
Of course, Fatone insisted he wasn't lying -- that he really was in NYC for a birthday party and not for the VMAs ... but c'mon man!!!!! (Your pal Chris already admitted the plan was in motion a couple of weeks ago. Busted!!!).
But back to the mystery fart ... Joey says if he did blast one during the VMAs (as Kevin joked in the moments following the performance) Fatone says there's a reason the comic would know ... and it all has to do with Kevin's height (5'4").
Check out the clip.