Producers of the upcoming Emmy Awards have told Deadline they’re planning a special tribute to honor the late “Glee” actor Cory Monteith.
Two weeks ago, the television star was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room, shocking fans, his cast and crew, and the Hollywood community-at-large.
Because of the very untimely nature of this tragedy, Emmy producers are working to figure out an appropriate segment for the ceremony.
Nothing’s set at this moment; what is known is that it’ll be independent of the program’s annual “In Memorium” retrospective, according to awards show executive producer Ken Ehrlich.
“Something that reflects an homage [is in the works, but] what the extent of that is, or how we’re going to approach it…well, it’s too early to tell…” he told Deadline. “If Cory had passed away in March, we’d have had four months to look at this with a little more perspective. The reason we’re getting all of this discussion now is because he passed away two weeks ago. But we are going to deal with it.”
This isn’t the first time Ken has had to drastically rearrange a show at a moment’s notice. He served as executive producer of the Grammys the year Whitney Houston died on the show’s eve.