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Thursday
Aug142014

Robin Williams Tribute Planned for Emmy Awards

Art Streiber/CBS© 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The producers of this year's Emmy Awards broadcast are planning a tribute to the late Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide on Monday.

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Don Mischer, the executive producer of the Emmys broadcast, said, "Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion. While we are all still coming to terms with this week’s tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves."

Some critics felt last year's Emmy Awards ceremony was too depressing because it included special tributes to five deceased individuals -- James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jonathan Winters, All in the Family actress Jean Stapleton, and TV writer/producer Gary David Goldberg -- throughout the broadcast, in addition to the traditional "In Memoriam" segment.

NBC will air the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards live on Monday, Aug. 25.

Williams has been celebrated throughout the entertainment world since his death. On Wednesday night, Broadway saluted Williams when its theaters dimmed their marquees at 7:45 p.m. Eastern time, for one minute. The actor and comedian starred with Steve Martin in an off-Broadway production of Waiting for Godot in 1988. He appeared on the Great White Way in 2002 in the special Robin Williams: Live on Broadway, and again in 2011 in the drama Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

On Tuesday night, the current Broadway production of Aladdin honored Williams, who voiced the Genie in the Disney animated film on which the musical is based. James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the Genie on Broadway, shared his memories of Williams, then led the audience in a performance of the Aladdin song "Friend Like Me." 

Meanwhile, Robin Williams' rep has released a statement denying speculation that the Good Will Hunting star may have been struggling financially at the time of his death. The rep said, "I understand people’s desire to try to understand the why, but we would encourage your focus be on working to help others and understand depression.”


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