It seems to happen every year at every awards ceremony: A notable star or Hollywood industry member who recently passed away is left out of the “In Memoriam” segment. This year’s Emmys was no exception, as many were stunned to see that Jeff Conaway, who was best known for his work on the small screen in shows like Taxi, Babylon 5, The Bold and the Beautiful, and, sadly, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, was omitted from the montage that paid tribute to those who died in the past year.
Conaway, who passed away on May 27 at the age of 60 due to complications from pneumonia, was among some of the surprising names to be left out of the Emmy “In Memoriam.” In addition to Conaway, Len Lesser, better known as “Uncle Leo” from Seinfeld,was another instantly noticeable snub.
In response, the Emmys posted this message on the “In Memoriam” page of their website, “Unfortunately, due to inevitable time limitations, the producers of the telecast are not able to include all of the worthy television professionals who have passed away from year to year. Therefore, in an effort to pay tribute to as many people as possible, the Television Academy created an In Memoriam database on its website, Emmys.tv.” Conaway, Lesser, and another actors omitted from the televised segment, including The Cosby Show’s Clarice Taylor and The Soup favorite, QVC’s Jeanne Bice, are all listed on the page of the website.