Emmys 2015: Joan Rivers, Frank Gifford, Leonard Nimoy and More Honored in …

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67th Emmy Awards In Memoriam Ends With Leonard Nimoy.

The legendary comedian, who passed away last year after an operation went wrong, featured in the In Memorium segment that honours the talented individuals of the television industry who died within the last year.The list was lengthy, and in addition to Rivers, included over 40 other well-known names such as BB King, Anne Meara, Martin Milner, Donna Douglas and Frank Gifford.The lives of Joan Rivers, Leonard Nimoy, Jan Hooks, Wes Craven, Harris Wittels, and many more were remembered Sunday at the Primetime Emmy Awards in a moving segment honoring their contribution to television.

It comes after the Oscars was heavily criticised for leaving Joan out of their segment, despite her contribution to film and to the red carpet and awards shows in general, which she was widely credited of putting it on the map. Emmys executive producer Tom Mischer told reporters at the Television Critics’ Association’s semi-annual press tour in August that creating the In Memoriam segment is undoubtedly a “tough assignment.” “We compile a list and it’s got hundreds of names on it and we try to make the best decision we can, knowing that we’ve got about … three minutes and 45 seconds to actually do this piece.” Though this will be Mischer’s 12th time producing the Emmys telecast, it remains “very tough.” Host Andy Samberg empathized with Mischer at the TCA panel, adding that it “seems like an impossible job. … There’s no way to quantify an individual’s life against another’s.” Some of the notable names included horror director Wes Craven, Star Trek producer/writer Harve Bennett, The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, and The Incredibles voice actress Elizabeth Pena.

Even though the sharp-tongued comedienne was best known for her stand-up routines, and hosting skills, she also starred in several films including Burt Lancaster’s The Swimmer, The Muppets Take Manhattan and John Waters’ Serial Mom. Among those missing from the list: Yvonne Craig, whose television roles included Batgirl on the 1960s series “Batman” and died in August at age 78, pro-wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who died at 61 in July. The late comedian’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement on her mother’s official Twitter account on the anniversary of her tragic death: “Today marks one year since my mother passed,” reads the statement from Melissa, 47. “This was a year of firsts: first holidays, first birthdays, first every things without mom, without grandma. Another prominent omission: Acting legend Christopher Lee who, while primarily known as a film actor, had dozness of television credits to his name, including “How the West Was Won,” “The New Adventures of Robin Hood” and “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.” Other notable misses: Suzanne Crough, who played Tracy Partridge on the classic sitcom “The Partridge Family” and who died in April; and Sawyer Sweeten, the actor who played Geoffrey Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and who tragically took his own life in April.

It was an emotional and respectful video which featured stars and crew who have passed away over the last year, and the actors were amongst those honoured. While it’s been difficult, I’ve been amazed by the outpouring of love and overwhelming kindness we’ve received from family, friends and people whose lives were touched by the woman they knew as Joan – a woman we all miss very much.” The Fashion Police host, who recently stepped into her mom’s role on the E! show, revealed earlier this month that she had scattered her mother’s ashes in Wyoming, a place that holds fond memories for the family as they would vacation there each year.

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