Jane Lynch understands why there’s upset over Cory Monteith’s Emmy tribute.
The actress remembered her late Glee co-star at the Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday but the posthumous honour garnered controversy as producers decided to omit other late legends, including The Odd Couple’s Jack Klugman.
Speaking before the event, Jane told TMZ she holds the utmost respect for Jack and sympathises with those who might feel he was snubbed by the Television Academy.
“I’m a huge fan of Jack Klugman. Obviously I don’t choose these things,” she said, adding, “He was there at the beginning of television and he had a terrific career … I’d be upset too.”
Jane did say, however, that she was looking forward to taking the stage and paying tribute to her late colleague Monteith.
The actor passed away in July at the age of 31 after a drug overdose and the cast and crew of Glee have been working on a tribute episode of the program in his honour.
“I’m really proud to be up there for him tonight,” she said.
Jane’s remarks came a day after Jack’s son, Adam Klugman, lamented about producers’ decision not to include his father in the ceremony, which also mentioned late stars James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters.
“I don’t mean to say anything disparaging about Cory, but he was a kid who had won no Emmys and it was a self-induced tragedy,” he told the Associated Press.
Cory’s mother, Ann McGregos, responded in her son’s defence, telling TMZ that if Cory “had lived 30 more years he would have accomplished much more”.