Cory Monteith, Glee Gallery


Adam Klugman, the son of late actor Jack Klugman, is speaking out following comments he made that he doesn't believe Glee actor Cory Monteith should be singled out from this tonight's Emmy "In Memoriam" reel.

"Tonight is for celebrating and I know my father would not want me or his name to be associated with any more negativity," Adam said in an exclusive statement to E! News. "After a certain point it becomes hurtful to Monteith family and that has never been my intent. I feel that I've said enough." 

These comments come one day after the actor's son told the Los Angeles Times "they're celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys....Cory Monteith never won an Emmy."

He added that he has nothing personal against the late 31-year-old actor, and is a fan of Glee. But "to compare the contribution he made to the contribution my father made -- it doesn't compare," he stated.

Adam's dad Jack, who is known for starring in '70s and '80s hits The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E., died last December.

Monteith died of a drug overdose on July 13, 2013 in Vancouver.

This year's award show marks the first time Emmy organizers are giving added attention to the "In Memoriam" section, where they're paying special tribute to 5 notable television talents who died this year. 

Along with Cory, the other 4 highlighted honorees are Gary David Goldberg, Jonathan Winters, James Gandolfini and Jean Stapleton.

-Additional reporting by Marcus Mulick

  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share