It was nice to see real and heart warming tributes to the stars who sadly passed at this year’s Emmys. What made them even more special was that they were remembered by their co-workers and friends. Beautiful and heart felt words were said.
I know not everyone can be included in the special tribute section but it didn’t make sense that legends like Larry Hagman (Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie) and Jack Klugman (The Odd Couple, Quincy ME) weren’t given this honour. They had a big impact big part in the world of entertainment (not to take away from anyone else’s passing). Surely some of the ads could have been cut and a couple more special tributes included as these were beautifully done and deserved.
Below are the touching tributes to some of the entertainers we lost this year.
Jonathan Winters – remembered by Robin Williams
“I got to play Jonathan’s dad on Mork and Mindy, his riffs were like mini movies … Sometimes I would join in. Jamming with Jon was like dancing with Fred Astaire – he always brought out the best in people … The beauty of Jonathan was that he was a big brilliant kid and the world was his playground. In April he turned out the lights but they certainly burned bright while he was here. Thanks for the spark Big Guy!”
Jean Stapleton – remembered by Rob Reiner
“This past May death came to Jean Stapleton and when I heard the news, I think all of us who knew Jean felt the way Archie did when he said goodbye to Edith, “You had no right to leave me that way without giving me one last chance to say I love you!”
Gary David Goldberg – remembered by Michael J Fox
It was great to see Michael J Fox on the Emmys stage but sad to see that it was to talk about his mentor, and father like figure, Gary David Goldberg’s passing. The TV Goldberg produced made me love TV!
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Corey Monteith – remembered by Jane Lynch
“All that warmth and charm, that open hearted quality we loved in Corey was no act. Corey was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. Tonight, we remember Corey for all he was and mourn the loss of what he could have been.
James Gandolfini – remembered by Edie Falco
“One got the feeling that Jim was never entirely comfortable with all of the attention he got, usually because he said it any chance he got. He was far more interested in turning the light on people who he thought was more worthy”
Thank you for the entertainment. RIP.