Primetime Emmy Awards, that took place on 21 September, 2020, included a handful of major stars who passed away this year. The Emmys honored Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actors like Chadwick Boseman and Naya Rivera, but they skipped Kobe Bryant, Nick Cordero or Kelly Preston.
On Sunday’s ceremony, musical artist H.E.R. performed a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, and while the song played in the background, photos of stars like Chadwick Boseman, Naya Rivera, Regis Philbin and Kirk Douglas were displayed as a tribute. The fans later on took it to Twitter and showcased their dismay that Kobe Bryant, Nick Cordero and Kelly Preston weren’t included ‘In Memoriam’.
The fact that the award show was hosted from Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Kobe Bryant’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers play, and yet was not included in the list of ‘In Memoriam’, made a lot of fans go crazy. Television and movie star Kelly Preston, Scrubs actor Sam Lloyd, MythBusters star Grant Imahara, and Broadway and television actor Nick Cordero were also among those left out of the tribute.
Fans from all the corners of the world showed their disappointment via Twitter.
“Umm @TheEmmys how do you manage to leave out Kobe Bryant from the In Memoriam while filming at Staples Center,” a fan wrote.
“I’m surprised Nick Cordero wasn’t included in the Memoriam,” said another person.
On the omission of his friend, Cordero, and his former “Scrubs” co-star, Sam Lloyd, actor Zach Braff, revealed on Twitter the explanation he got from the Academy.
“For those wondering: The Emmys chose to leave Nick Cordero out of the memorial montage. I had no idea one had to campaign to get their loved one in. We did. They passed,” he wrote.
He later on shared a note which he received from the Television Academy. It read: “Those involved in the In Memoriam selection process are very aware of the sad passing of Mr. Cordero due to coronavirus and we assure her that his name has been given every consideration for inclusion. With so many people passing in any given year, we simply cannot ensure any particular individual is included, nor do we release the names of those included prior to the telecast.”