Emmys In Memoriam: Roger Ailes Inclusion Draws Outrage
The fleeting image of the disgraced former Fox News Channel chief was met with derision on Twitter.
Twitter users reacted angrily to the appearance of Roger Ailes in the Emmys "In Memoriam" section on Sunday night.
Hamilton star Christopher Jackson sang Stevie Wonder's "As" as the faces of recently deceased TV personalities such John Heard and Adam West flashed by on the screen in the evening's most poignant moment.
But the appearance of former Fox News Channel chairman Ailes, who died in May, set off criticism on social media. Ailes left FNC in July 2016 following a raft of sexual harassment allegations against him from some of the channel's top talent including Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly.
Notable omissions in this year's "In Memoriam" included Harry Dean Stanton and Frank Vincent, likely because producers were not able to include them in the section in time. Stanton died Friday at the age of 91, while the Sopranos star died Thursday at age 80. Social media users also called out other notable omissions including Charlie Murphy, who died in April, and Dick Gregory, who died last month.
not saying this proudly, but Roger Ailes is responsible for the first time I ever laughed out loud during an In Memoriam segment— Kevin McCaffrey (@KevinMcCaff) September 18, 2017
Touching shoutout to Roger Ailes in hell during the Emmys In Memoriam montage.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 18, 2017
RT if you threw something at yr TV when Roger Ailes came up in the "In Memoriam" montage— Andi Zeisler (@andizeisler) September 18, 2017
RIP Roger Ailes grab that cloud pussy in heaven! #Emmys— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) September 18, 2017
The #Emmys including Roger Ailes in the in memoriam segment was interesting to say the least. They always leave people out..why include him?— Yashar Ali(@yashar) September 18, 2017