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Jack Klugman's Son Blasts TV Academy Over Dad's Tribute Omission: 'It's Criminal'

He's right. They were so foolish to depart from the traditional formula. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Klugman's son says the exclusion of his father from an Emmy Awards tribute is an insult to the memory of the TV veteran. "I think it's criminal," said Adam Klugman about the omission of his father from the tribute on Sunday night's Emmy show. Jack Klugman — a three-time Emmy winner — starred in The Odd Couple and Quincy. Said his son: "My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days." It was announced this week that five salutes would be presented at the Emmys, including one for Cory Monteith of Glee, who died in July of an overdose. Adam Klugman took exception to the inclusion of Monteith over his father. "He was a kid who had won no Emmys," said Klugman. Other announced tributes include personal remembrances set for James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters. The 'In Memoriam' section at the Emmys telecast is already being criticized for the omission of Dallas actor Larry Hagman. Earlier this week, ep Ken Ehrlich defended the selections [8]. "No matter what we do, there will be people who feel we had other options and could have done other things," Ehrlich said. "In all candor, this becomes a producer's option. And in this case, we selected these five knowing certainly others could be treated this way, but these were the five we chose."


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