Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini & More Late Stars Honored at the Emmys

There was an outcry when the Emmy producers announced that they were paying special tribute during Sunday’s telecast to five people the industry had lost over the past year.

The rumblings were so loud about what some saw as favoritism that even Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris stepped into the fray to explain the reasoning.

Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini to Be Honored in Expanded Emmy's Memoriam

Gone, but not forgotten.

2013 saw many unexpected Hollywood deaths, but the legacy of the beloved stars who passed away will live on in a special expanded Primetime Emmy Awards memoriam segment.

The careers of James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg will all be highlighted.

Jonathan Winters Dies at 87

Jonathan Winters – an improvisational genius and the comedic spiritual godfather to a generation of younger comics, including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and the late Andy Kaufman – died of natural causes Thursday night. He was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Montecito, Calif., the Associated Press reports. He was 87.

Tweeted Steve Martin on Friday: “Goodbye, Jonath[a]n Winters. You were not only one of the greats, but one of the great greats.”