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Following the sudden and tragic passing of Glee’s Cory Monteith and The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, the two actors will be honored at the upcoming Emmy Awards.

The Emmys, which air this Sunday on CBS, will feature its typical In Memoriam segment but will also include speeches from friends who knew Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini well, according to reports.

Glee’s Jane Lynch, who plays coach Sue Sylvester, will speak about Cory Monteith while Edie Falco, a Sopranos co-star, will speak about James Gandolfini. Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters will also be honored during this segment.

“If you think about each of these people, they had a significant impact on television in general and on a particular generation,” executive producer Ken Ehrlich says. “And we’ve asked people whose lives they affected to come and talk about them.”

Cory Monteith passed away on July 13 of this year of an apparent overdose while James Gandolfini, best known for his role on The Sopranos, passed away in June of a heart attack.

Will you be tuning in to the Emmy Awards this Sunday on CBS to see what kind of tribute will be given to these actors? Neil Patrick Harris hosts this year’s event.

  • Guest

    I understand Gandolfini, who is a really fine actor, but not Monteith. Way overrated.

    • TheHamburglar

      I don’t know if overrated is the right way to describe this. Yes, the producer even comparing their impact on television is blasphemous, but the fact remains that both their situations were tragic and it’s a nice gesture to honor them.

    • Amir Khan

      I don’t like glee but dude.. that’a horrible (in a Herminone voice) seriously tho. He has as much right to be honored as Gandolfini.

      • Guest

        Think about it, if he didn’t act in a teen show and wasn’t good-looking, would he be honored? If they honor an actor that’s below average, why not honor all actors who passed away this year? It makes sense honoring those who have actually done something significant in the business; like Mr. Gandolfini.

        • Riana-Tiana Menezes

          I think its more about how much impact they had on people rather than just their ability to act.

        • Amir Khan

          Because like it or not he impacted many teens and people. And he was just starting to get noticed. Saying he never did anything significant is an insult to the dead. So. Shut. Your. Damn. Mouth. Because I’d like to see how you’d feel if someone said you never did anything significant.

          • Guest

            I for one had no idea who he was until I heard about a million times that he had died. Never heard of the name, probably seen his face on Glee posters and whatnot, but had never actually seen him act. So of course I watched a few eps of Glee to see what was so good about him. So how has he impacted eg. you personally? I accept the fact that I’ve never done anything significant. You should accept that neither did Monteith.

            “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than be loved for who I am not.”

          • Elvendork

            Judging just by that final line before that quote, you obviously know nothing about Cory or his life, so I’m asking you kindly to please stop talking.

          • Guest

            I know that he was an actor. He starred in Glee and in a bunch of B-movies which are rated below 6 on imdB. He won 1 award in his life (a teen choice). I know that he was an addict who went to rehab which didn’t really work out and he died young.

            Nothing about that says “significant” to me. Tell me one thing, a single thing that makes him worth all the hype. (Or just admit that he’s famous because of Glee, good looks and cos he died young.)

          • Amir Khan

            Saying He was an addict means he has problems. But he tried. He went to rehab and hey at least he won something, unlike some people. (I’m lookin at you Guest.)

          • Amir Khan

            He didn’t impact me but it’s incredibly rude to speak hateful things of the dead.

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