Those who tuned in for the Emmy Awards Sunday night didn’t see a few famous faces in the In Memoriam segment, including Nick Cordero, Kobe Bryant and Kelly Preston.
Viewers took to social media to react to the exclusions, including Cordero’s friend Zach Braff.
“For those wondering: The Emmys chose to leave Nick Cordero out of the memorial montage,” the actor wrote on Twitter Monday. “I had no idea one had to campaign to get their loved one in. We did. They passed.”
Cordero was best known for his work on Broadway, but as Braff added in a follow-up tweet, “(Cordero) was on the show ‘Blue Bloods.’ “
Braff also shared a statement he said was “From the Emmys,” which stated: “Those involved in the In Memoriam selection process are very aware of the sad passing of Mr. Cordero due to coronavirus and we assure that his name has been given every consideration for inclusion.”
The statement continued, “With so many people passing in any given year, we simply cannot ensure any particular individual is included, nor do we release the names included prior to the telecast.”
Braff also mentioned another late star he missed in the segment, “Scrubs” star Sam Lloyd.
“They also left out Sam Lloyd. I would have never even considered ‘campaigning’ for Sam because he had more TV credits than most actors I know,” Braff wrote.
Throughout his career, Lloyd appeared on several hit shows, including “Desperate Housewives,” “Modern Family,” “Shameless” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”
USA TODAY has reached out to the Television Academy for comment.
Others on social media called out the exclusion of Bryant, a basketball legend who died in a helicopter crash on January.
User @legobatmans wrote, “am i the only one confused as to why kobe wasnt a part of the in memoriam section??? he was literally involved in the film industry and even has an emmy governors award. they had to make the choice to exclude him like its so weird”
User @TAYZTHIS added, “In the House that Kobe built, in the Staples Center, the Emmys 2020, did not honor Kobe Bryant during the Memoriam. How soon we forget greatness.”
Preston, the late wife of John Travolta who died in July at 57 after a battle with breast cancer, was also left out.
User @JamieCinematics tweeted, “Kelly Preston was better known for film, but she made appearances on television shows and deserved to be included in the In Memoriam.”
“Did you folks just snub Kelly Preston?!!!” user @g_mojgan added.
Preston’s last TV role was in “CSI: Cyber” in 2016, according to the Internet Movie Database.