Jane Lynch to Honor Cory Monteith in a Special Emmy In Memoriam Tribute

The late Glee star, Cory Monteith, will be one of 5 stars who died this year to receive a special memorial tribute at this Sunday’s primetime Emmys telecast on CBS. Jane Lynch is set to honor her co-star, who died from a heroin/alcohol overdose in July.

This year’s Emmy Awards will feature the traditional “In Memoriam” segment that has become an industry award show staple, and in addition, the telecast producers have selected five individuals who warrant special recognition. To honor them, close friends and co-workers have been invited to provide personal tributes which will be presented during the ceremony, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles and telecast live on Sunday, Sept. 22, (8:00 PM, ET / 5:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Those who will provide special tributes include Edie Falco, who will remember “Sopranos” co-star James Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox, who will pay tribute to “Family Ties” producer Gary David Goldberg; Jane Lynch will remember her friend and “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith; Rob Reiner will pay tribute to his long-time “All in the Family” cast member Jean Stapleton; and Robin Williams will remember his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters (“Mork and Mindy”).

“The ‘In Memoriam’ is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program,” said Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich. “These five individuals brought us such great entertainment and joy, so having their close friends share personal remembrances is something that will be very meaningful for television audiences across the country and across the generations. And our traditional ‘In Memoriam’ segment will be presented in a unique new format that will give added importance to an already much anticipated segment of the Emmy show.”

A tribute to Cory Monteith by the eloquent Jane Lynch? I don’t know about you, but I’m bracing myself for a good cry.

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  • No Thanks

    That whole segment will probably have me bawling,

  • Bugme Nomor

    I hope they include his last tweet. It would seem appropriate for the Emmy Awards:


  • jujubee22

    I find it somewhat mind-boggling that Cory is getting a special tribute along side the likes of Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and James Gandolfini. It is very sad that he died, but he is hardly a television luminary. Much more accomplished actors, directors and writers never got any sort of a special emmy tribute. I don’t begrudge him this at all, but I must admit I don’t quite get it

  • Mel432

    My heart is already hurting. I’m not even going to watch the Glee tribute to Cory. I’m still catching up on the past Glee episodes, and I tear up every time I see Cory.

  • Mel432

    Maybe because he was so young.

  • Bum Cuban

    Thank you for saying this. I thought I was the only one that cannot understand the glorification of the life of someone who didn’t value their own. I guess celebrity culture needs to be sustained through tragedy, but Cory Monteith was an idiot that financially supported the very worst of organized crime with this short sighted indulgence in a town that was content to whitewash the entire thing until he was found stone cold and foaming.

    Poor people that arent on TV get demonized and have their voting rights taken away for even touching less harmful substances. Why is this rich white kid lionized in death when all he did was sing good enough to meet a casting demographic?

  • Liteasy

    I don’t understand why all the glory for these celebrities that use drugs. There’s no way he’s anywhere near the brilliance of JeanStapleton, Jonathan Winters, etc.

  • Axxxel

    wow, what an honor… guilty feelings much ? because he never got an Emmy nomination. Cory’s performance of Finn is like the sound of a contrabass… When it is present, you tend to ignore it, but when it is gone, the music does not really feel quite right anymore.

  • Axxxel

    Subtle warning to the younger generation ? You get in the hall of fame too soon and will not enjoy the fruits of your hard work if you do drugs…

  • Axxxel

    I can’t understand either why Cory gets this much honour at the Emmy’s but he was not “just a rich kid from a whole family”… who ended up with the wrong crowd at the age of 13…

  • supersonic

    It’s sad he died, but I don’t think he deserves a tribute like this. Not along side the likes of Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters, James Gandolfini, and Gary David Goldberg. Those names changed the face of television. You can’t really say that about Cory Monteith.

    And what about Larry Hagman? He’s not going to get a special tribute? So, I guess Cory Monteith is more important than Larry Hagman.

    This just makes me think that this was forced onto the producers by Ryan Murphy. Remember Ken Ehrlich said months ago that they were getting pressure to do something for Cory Monteith at the Emmys? Who do you think that pressure came from? I’m sure Ryan Murphy cried and stomped his feet to get this. This is also something that would make all of the Glee fans tune in so it’s also a ratings grab.

  • Holden17C

    Dear Family of Larry Hagman. We appreciate that Mr. Hagman had an iconic television career, but after considerable thought, we recognized that we needed to make a cheap grab for teenage viewers, so we will be giving a special tribute to the Glee guy. Please don’t take this personally. We really loved Mr. Hagman’s work. Be sure not to blink while Mr. Hagman’s multi-decade career is honored with a quick blip during the In Memomiam montage. Sincerely, The Emmy Awards

  • Pippygirl

    I wish that was true but unfortunately I don’t think so. More like romanticizing drug use in my opinion.

  • Axxxel

    Oh dear… sad…. Honestly speaking, the tribute to Cory at the Teen Choice Awards felt honest to me.. Whereas this Emmy tribute… not so much…

  • Axxxel

    I don’t even think teenagers will see the Emmy Awards.. They may prefer to see the shortened version on youtube.

  • Axxxel

    I am also still sad when I heard his voice on the Glee CD’s but maybe this Glee Tribute episode is good for a healing process for the fans as well.. but then again, there is always youtube…

  • Axxxel

    Will teens really watch a boring awards show? I think they will prefer to see snippets on youtube. I guess this is one of the advantages of dying while young and still in the spotlights… Imagine if Larry Hagman died in the 1980s. And I don’t think Ryan Murphy has that much power…He would have got his New York spin off if he had…

  • lkingcorn

    I must agree with those taking exception to honoring Cory Montieth over super television star Larry Hagman a large slight. Hagman was a television pioneer, while Cory was a newer actor starting out. Couple that with the way he died a tribute like this is not correct. Does Jane Lynch have that much power?

  • supersonic

    Hardcore Glee fans will watch anything with the cast in it. They’re watching Dancing with the Stars for Amber. They’re still crying over Cory Monteith so they’re going to check out this tribute.

    Larry Hagman is a television pioneer. He deserves a special tribute more than Cory Monteith. He’s just left off like they forget he died or something. That’s just wrong. They’re going to receive criticism about this for sure.

  • scoobynacks

    He was a drug addict. It has nothing to do with valuing life or supporting organized crime. It’s a disease. Way to have no class or empathy. I doubt 13yos know much about the crime element of drug selling and distribution when they try drugs. They should, but he’s way past 13 and dead. That ship has sailed.

    I completely understand why he’d receive a tribute. For one thing, he’s on a show that is actively running and receiving Emmy nominations. A lot of people in In Memoriam reels are there after their shows are long gone. Then the fact that he was a life cut short in a way that moved a lot of people is going to get attention. Add to that the fact that Paris Barclay and Ryan Murphy are among the people who will be their from the Glee family (Murphy basically for American Horror Story and Barclay for directing Glee). These are people with major industry pull. Ignoring the fact that they lost someone close to them would feel like a slap in the face.